Nepal To Amend Constitution To Address Madesis’ Demands

21 December, Kathmandu

Nepal Government has decided to amend the new Constitution to address two important demands of Madhesis regarding proportional representation and constituency delimitation, a
move which is likely to be welcomed by India.

The decision was taken at an emergency Cabinet meeting held at Singha Durbar in Kathmandu previous night which also agreed to establish a political mechanism to recommend solutions to disputes over the proposed provincial boundaries within three months of its formation.

The meeting decided to move forward with the bill to amend the new Constitution which has has already been tabled in Parliament.

Minister for Industry Som Prasad Pandey informed media after the meeting that the bill has ensured proportional inclusive participation in various state organs as demanded by the
agitating parties. He said, the meeting also proposed delimitation of the electoral constituencies based on population.

On political mechanism, he said that it “will recommend solutions to disputes over the proposed provincial boundaries within three months of its formation”.

The meeting also urged the agitating parties to call off their protests, saying that their demands can be addressed through dialogue.

Pramod Dahal, press advisor of Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, informed PTI that it can be hoped that there will be positive outcome from the decision.

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