Preparations to move the Citizenship Bill, silence about adoption

July 8, Kathmandu. Efforts are underway in the ruling coalition to reach a consensus on the Citizenship Bill.

At a meeting of the top leaders of the ruling coalition on Wednesday, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba proposed that the citizenship bill be passed by parliament. After the meeting, government spokesperson and Minister for Communications Gyanendra Bahadur Karki told mediapersons, “The Prime Minister has proposed to move the Citizenship Bill. It has some procedures, it will be completed and submitted soon. ‘

However, there is no consensus among the parties in the ruling coalition on the provisions on marital adoption in the Citizenship Bill.

As per the proposal of the then Communist Party of Nepal (CPN), the State Management and Good Governance Committee has introduced the Citizenship Bill in the Parliament with the provision of giving residence permit to foreign women who marry Nepali men without immediate political rights and granting citizenship only after 7 years.

But the Nepali Congress, Janata Samajwadi and Loktantrik Samajwadi Party are not in favor of the seven-year provision. The CPN (Maoist), which had a seven-year provision in the past, has also split into the CPN (UML), the Maoist Center and the Unified Socialists. The UML is the main opposition party, while the UCPN (M) is in the center and the Unified Socialist, Congress-led government. Therefore, it is not easy to reach a consensus on the 7-year provision. According to sources, homework is being done to withdraw the existing bill in the parliament and bring a new bill by including only the agreed issues.

One of the leaders said, “It is being advised to take the issue of consensus forward and take it to the next batch by reaching consensus with all parties on adopted citizenship.”

In that case, the way will be opened for the children of naturalized citizens, children born to Nepali mothers and non-resident Nepalis to get citizenship. But the issue of citizenship adopted by a foreign woman who marries a Nepali citizen will not be addressed.

Before the new constitution was drafted, there was a system of naturalized citizenship. But if the new constitution does not make this provision, the children of Janmasiddha will get the citizenship of the descendants. Citizenship of descent is said to be granted to a person born in Nepal and residing in Nepal without the identity of the father, while non-resident Nepalis are also said to be granted non-resident citizenship of Nepal so that they can enjoy economic, social and cultural rights.

Thousands of young people born to Nepali citizens have not been able to get citizenship due to lack of amendment to the Citizenship Bill as per the constitution.

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