Role of parliamentary committee should be effective in controlling gold smuggling: MPs

Published On: July 29, 2023 03:15 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, July 29: The Members of Parliament (MPs) have demanded that the parliamentary committee should play an effective role in controlling gold smuggling. 

Speaking at the meeting of the Sustainable Development and Good Governance Committee of the National Assembly on Friday, the MPs said that Parliament and parliamentary committees should take effective measures to control gold smuggling.

Krishna Prasad Paudel, MP of Nepali Congress, said that parliament and parliamentary committees should take strict steps to uncover the facts of gold smuggling. He said that the gold scandal has brought disgrace to Nepal in the international arena.

Mrigendra Kumar Singh Yadav, MP of Janata Samajwadi Party Nepal, said that the gold smuggling case and Lalita Niwas land grab scam should also be investigated in such a way that the culprits are not allowed to escape. He said that it was a matter of shame for the country that no action was taken against the culprits even when quintals of gold were smuggled.

MP Jagprasad Sharma of the Maoist Center said that there is lack of coordination between the monetary policy and the financial policy and the parliament and the parliamentary committee should discuss with the relevant stakeholders to address this issue.

Committee member Bamdev Gautam said that the House of Representatives is being operated in a rude, uncivilized and culturally inappropriate manner. Gautam said that the parliamentarians ignore the rules of the parliament and speak randomly. He highlighted an incident when 275 people stood up and spoke where only one person was allowed to speak.

On the other hand, the meeting of the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives called on Friday was postponed due to lack of quorum. The committee meeting which was called at 11:30 AM was adjourned when only 13 MPs were present out of the 14 required quorums in the 26-member committee. 


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