Kathmandu, Nov 15: Despite the longest session in the history of Nepal’s Parliament, the outcomes have been less than satisfactory, according to Ramkumar Rai, a lawmaker from the ruling CPN (Maoist Centre). The second session of Parliament, which commenced on January 9, spanned a considerable period, yet key legislation remains pending.
Rai emphasized the need for political parties and parliamentarians to shoulder responsibility for enhancing the efficacy of the legislative body. “Parliament is designed to enact numerous laws, but crucial legislation is still pending. There is room for improvement. Parliament, as a legislative platform, is not functioning optimally,” remarked Rai.
To invigorate parliamentary proceedings, Rai stressed the importance of accountability among all political parties represented in the legislature. He underscored the role of lawmakers in formulating policies, rules, and regulations, lamenting the stalled progress of several bills. Despite their registration in Parliament, these bills have faced obstacles and delays.
The prolonged obstruction by the main opposition, Rai noted, has impeded parliamentary business. “Various issues, such as the gold Jalahari offered at Pashupati Temple and gold smuggling through Tribhuvan International Airport, led to the prolonged obstruction. Consequently, bills could not be deliberated on time, and legislation could not be enacted.”
Expressing his discontent with certain bill provisions, Rai acknowledged adhering to the party whip despite his disagreement. He highlighted the challenge of lawmakers failing to fulfill their roles effectively for the benefit of the country and its citizens. Rai urged political parties to prioritize impartial legislation in the interest of the public.
“Political parties seem to lack leadership in the legislative process. Parliamentarians, as representatives of the people, must shoulder responsibility. Partisan interests have led to problems, and it is crucial for political parties to enact laws that serve the people without bias,” Rai concluded.