Bill related to citizenship makes headway in HoR

KATHMANDU : The recently introduced bill related to citizenship has moved ahead from the House of Representatives (HoR).

Minister for Home Affairs Bal Krishna Khand presented the Nepal Citizenship (First Amendment) Bill-2079 BS.

Minister Khand presented the new bill after the two-thirds majority of HoR disapproved the protest notice registered by major opposition party CPN (UML)’s Dr Bhim Bahadur Rawal, Sher Bahadur Tamang and Nepal Workers and Peasants Party’s Prem Suwal.

Dr Rawal viewed that introducing a new bill related to citizenship by scrapping the old one was humiliating to the parliamentary State Affairs Committee. According to him, the old bill was deliberated in the State Affairs Committee for nearly three years and a report to this was also submitted.

Another parliamentarian Tamang disapproved the new bill, stating that the new bill was against the spirit of provision of issuing citizenship identity card through mother and father with distinct gender identity.

Minister Khand responded to the protesting voices that the new bill was to constitutionally guarantee citizenship to those citizens without citizenship identity card.

He clarified that the old bill related to it was scrapped after the effort to enable favorable environment to formulate laws to take forward the old bill on consensus failed.

The Home Minister said, “There are thousands of people who are deprived of citizenship identity card although their parents are the citizens of Nepal. Lack of identity card was further depriving them of education and other state facilities. I appeal with all to help create enabling environment to endorse new bill and for headway to implement law by formulating new laws.”

He expressed his confidence that the new bill would be taken forward in more refined way after clause-wise deliberation on the same will be taken on the bill once the Bill moves ahead further. RSS

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