Talks underway with other political parties to forge consensus on Citizenship Act amendment: Minister Khand

Published On: March 10, 2022 09:47 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 10: Minister for Home Affairs, Bal Krishna Khand, has said that the government has been taking initiative to take the amendment of Nepal Citizenship Act-2063 to a conclusion with consensus.   

During the discussion with representatives of federal parliament held at the Home Ministry on Wednesday regarding amendment of Nepal Citizenship Act-2063, Home Minister Khand shared that discussion has been forwarded in order to take it to the conclusion by addressing differing opinions. 

The Home Ministry held discussion with lawmakers on Wednesday while there is still dispute among political parties regarding the bill designed to amend the Nepal Citizenship Act 2063. 

On the occasion, lawmakers suggested passing the bill on the basis of consensus by holding discussion with top leadership of political parties as the issue is related to the general people.

In response, Home Minister Khand said that the government has been making maximum efforts to forge consensus in this regard.  

He further said that there should be common responsibility of all on sensitive matters like citizenship. 

Similarly, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Dilendra Prasad Badu, said that a report on the bill has been prepared containing different opinions.   

He added that the report on the bill has been prepared with a provision of further punishment to those submitting false details to get citizenship. 

Law Minister Badu suggested finalizing the issue with consensus by holding discussion in top-level rather than making some provision of the citizenship bill as the matter of dispute. 

Likewise, Attorney General, Khamba Bahadur Khati said that it was not necessary to hold the bill and urged the passing of the bill as soon as possible from the parliament. 

Lawmakers—Krishna Bhakta Pokharel, Dev Gurung, Pushpa Bhusal and Jeevan Ram Shrestha expressed their views on the bill.



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