People’s concerns go unheard as parliament fails to convene

Published On: October 25, 2021 11:47 AM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, Oct 25: Floods and landslides have ravaged lives and physical infrastructures across the country. At such a time, the parliament that takes the issues of the people to the government has remained silent.  

Although the next meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) has been scheduled for October 28, the parliament has not taken any initiative to discuss the issues regarding the recent natural disasters that have occurred across the country. 

On Sunday, the Development and Technology Committee and Ministry of Physical Infrastructure under the HoR held a meeting to discuss the damages caused by the floods. 

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has been collecting the details of the damages caused by the disasters, rescue works being carried out, and relief packages provided to the victims. Experts said more problems will occur if the parliament does not discuss the issues of the people. 

Stating that the unseasonal floods have caused heavy damages across the country, the parliamentary committee also directed the Finance Ministry to distribute relief to the victims immediately. Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Renu Kumari Yadav also directed the committee to reopen the obstructed roadways connecting to rural districts and deliver relief and health treatment to those affected without any further delay. 

The main opposition party, CPN-UML, has also not taken any initiative to hold parliament meetings at the moment. As many of the lawmakers are in their home districts, they are likely to return to the capital only next week to attend the parliament meeting scheduled for October 28. 


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