Deputy Speaker or Committee Chairman – Online Khabar

July 9, Kathmandu. The House of Representatives passed two laws on Tuesday, almost two years later. The House of Representatives has made a new law accepting the amendment made by the National Assembly in the bill to amend the Seed Seed Act-2045 BS and the Bill to amend the Plant Protection Act-2064 BS.

Now we are preparing to make other laws as well. However, the posts of Deputy Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly are still vacant in the House of Representatives and four parliamentary committees are without leadership.

Four committees without leadership

Three of the four thematic committees of the National Assembly are without leadership. The then chairpersons of the Sustainable Development and Good Governance Committee, the Legislative Management Committee and the Delegated Management and Government Assurance Committee had resigned on 21 February 2078.

New members were elected to the vacant post of National Assembly member on 12 January 2078. They are active in the National Assembly. However, the new members have not been able to participate in the discussions of the mini-parliament due to non-election of the chairperson.

For the 59-member National Assembly, elections are held every two years for one-third of the members. The rules of procedure of the National Assembly stipulate that after the vacancy of one third of the members, the committee should be reconstituted and the chairperson should be changed.
Accordingly, the chairpersons of all the four committees have to be changed. However, in the past, the chairperson of the concerned committee has been allowed to remain as the chairperson for the entire term. Accordingly, Dil Kumari Rawal Thapa (Parvati) is still the chairperson of the National Affairs and Coordination Committee.

Even if there is no chairperson, the thematic committee can hold a meeting headed by a senior member. But in the last three months, there has been an example of a committee holding a meeting. Bamdev Gautam, a member of the Sustainable Development and Good Governance Committee, held a meeting as the eldest member on 8 July 2079.

Besides, no other meeting has been held and no initiative has been taken to select the committee chairperson.

The post of Vice-Chairman of the National Assembly is also vacant on 21 February 2078. A new vice president has not been elected after the term of the then vice president Shashikala Dahal expired. National Assembly Speaker Ganesh Timilsina has also not slammed the parties.

According to Khim Lal Bhattarai, chief whip of the CPN-UML National Assembly parliamentary party, discussions are underway on the role of the party in filling the vacancies of vice-chairman and chairperson of three thematic committees. However, he said that the ruling party should also pay attention to this issue.

The Deputy Speaker is not in the House of Representatives

It has been almost three years that the House of Representatives has not got a Deputy Speaker. The then Deputy Speaker Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe had resigned on 12 January 2076.

This post has been vacant since then. This issue has been forgotten after the Nepali Congress, which has been demanding the election of Deputy Speaker from time to time while sitting in the Opposition, came to the leadership of the government.

Even the Constitutional Council is incomplete when the post of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives becomes vacant. Because there is a constitutional provision for the Deputy Speaker to be a member of the Constitutional Council. But the ruling and opposition parties have not shown interest in electing a deputy speaker. Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota has also not slammed the parties.

The State Management and Good Governance Committee of the House of Representatives has been without leadership since September 8, 2008. Even the meeting could not be held after the then chairperson Shashi Shrestha became the minister.

A meeting of the committee was held on 20 September 2078, two days before Shrestha became the Minister. After becoming the best minister, other members of the committee have not taken the initiative to hold the meeting under the chairmanship of the senior member, nor have they put pressure on the top leaders and the speaker to select the chairman. The committee, which is responsible for monitoring the country’s security, public administration, elections, effectiveness of constitutional commissions, and the activities of bodies related to the peace process, is ineffective.

Congress ready to leave Accounts Committee

At the same time, some of the committees chaired by him are not active. One of them is the Public Accounts Committee. The chairman of this committee is Bharat Shah of Nepali Congress.

The Congress, as the main opposition party, led the committee. After the Congress took over the leadership of the government, the main opposition CPN-UML has been claiming the leadership of the Accounts Committee.

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