KATHMANDU, Sept 17: Amid fast approaching constitutional deadline to implement fundamental rights as provisioned in the new constitution, parliament on Sunday endorsed all bills related to fundamental rights.
While three other bills were endorsed earlier by the parliament, remaining 12 bills on different fundamental rights were endorsed on Sunday.
The bills related to Individual Privacy, 2075 BS, and Public Security (third amendment 2075 BS) tabled by Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and the Racial Discrimination and Untouchability (offence and punishment, 1st amendment) Bill, 2075 BS, and the bill related to Social Security 2075 BS tabled by Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration Lalbabu Pandit were endorsed by the National Assembly.
The NA in its first meeting earlier in the day also passed the bill relating to Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights-2075, bill related to Compulsory and Free Education 2075 BS and Public Health Bill-2075 presented by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Population, Upendra Yadav.
Similarly, the bill related to Employment Rights-2075 presented by Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security, Gokarna Bista, and bill related to Consumer Protection presented by Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Matrika Yadav, were also among the bills passed.
The upper house meeting also endorsed the bill relating to Right to Food-2075 presented by Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Development Chakrapani Khanal, bill related to Right to Residence-2075 presented by Minister for Urban Development Mohammad Istiyaq Rai, and Land Bill (seventh amendment)-2075 presented by Finance Minister Dr Yuba Raj Khatiwada on behalf of Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Padma Kumari Aryal.
Parliament passed all these bills on Sunday, cutting short the process by suspending some of the provisions set on its Rules of Procedure. Although the parliament has now endorsed all bills related to fundamental rights, some of these rights may not come into implementation within the September 19 deadline as the government is yet to come up with regulations required to implement them.