House panel tells govt to table new citizenship law pronto

Representational sketch: Nepali citizenship
Representational sketch: Nepali citizenship

Kathmandu, December 23

The Law, Justice and Human Rights in the House of Representatives has told the government to table a bill for the new citizenship law of the country as soon as possible.

During a committee meeting today, the committee’s president Krishna Bhakta Pokharel directed Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dilendra Prasad Badu to not delay the law formulation process.

For the past few years, there have been efforts to bring in the new citizenship law in line with provisions of the 2015 constitution. However, it has not moved forward due to disputes between and among major political forces.

In particular, children of the Nepali citizens by birth have been deprived of their citizen due to the delay.

The Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee has already discussed a draft of the bill and forwarded it to the Parliament Secretariat along with its suggestions.

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