PM Oli assures correction to Guthi Bill

Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara greets as Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli arrives home concluding a weeklong Europe trip, in Kathmandu on Sunday, June 16, 2019.

Kathmandu, June 16

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has assured that the government will make corrections to the controversial Guthi Bill owing to widespread protests from locals and stakeholders.

Speaking with journalists at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Sunday morning, the Prime Minister said “The government will correct it if there is anything causing adverse impacts on religion and culture, regardless of whether it is put intentionally or intentionally.”

“This government is not for hurting sentiments of the citizens, but to make them happy,” he added, “If there is any problem, you should not take it as a chance [to protest the government].”

Stakeholders and local activists have been protesting the bill recently registered in the Federal Parliament claiming it would keep traditional community organisations called ‘guthi’ and properties owned by them under the control of government. They have accused the government of trying to create a new place to recruit their cadres through the bill.

Earlier, when Prime Minister Oli landed at the airport after concluding his weeklong Europe trip, officials including Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel welcomed him.

Oli also briefed journalists about the trip.

Various leaders and cadres of the ruling Nepal Communist Party were also present on the occasion.

Published on June 16th, Sunday, 2019 11:37 AM

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