Noncooperation in acquiring citizenship card punishable by 3-month jail term

Published On: June 25, 2023 03:30 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 25: Noncooperation to a family member to acquire a citizenship certificate is subject to punishment, according to the Nepal Citizenship (First Amendment) Act, 2079 BS. The offense is punishable by three months in prison, and Rs 10,000 in fines. 

In this case, the respective district administration office can direct the persons concerned to cooperate with the family members to get a citizenship card. Violation of this direction is subject to punishment. This is expected to help people acquire a citizenship certificate.

The Act has provisioned the grant of Nepali citizenship certificates to non-resident Nepalis, besides providing them social, cultural and economic rights.

Member of the House of Representatives Raj Kumar Sharma said with the implementation of the Act, around 3.5 million people would get Nepali citizenship certificates. He was participating in a discussion organized here today by the Forum for Women, Law and Development. The theme of the discussion was ‘Role of media in the implementation of the Nepal Citizenship (First Amendment) Act, 2079 BS’.

Similarly, the Forum’s Executive Director Sabin Shrestha said the Act still discriminates against women who have married foreign nationals through a provision that does not allow the grant of a Nepali citizenship card to their husbands.

Other speakers, Sushma Gautam, Binod Devkota and Binu Lama stressed the need for reviewing the provision that makes it mandatory for those in ‘other’ category to get recommendations from the medical committee to get a Nepali citizenship certificate.



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