Parties register differing amendment proposals on parliamentary hearings committee size

Showing no sign of ending the months-long dispute on the provision of forming parliamentary hearings committee, the ruling and opposition parties have registered different proposals at the parliament secretariat on Monday insisting on differing provisions in the parliamentary regulations on the matter.

Lawmakers representing ruling parties including CPN-UML, UCPN (Maoist), Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N), Madhesi People’s Rights Forum-Democratic and around a dozen other fringe political parties, who support the current ruling coalition, have registered a joint proposal demanding that the parliamentary hearings committee should have altogether 15 members.

Chief whips of the ruling political parties signed on the amendment proposal registered at the parliament secretariat.

The main opposition Nepali Congress, which is the largest party in the parliament, however has proposed to retain the provision of having 75 members in the committee.

The ruling parties have argued that the hearings committee should be reshaped as per the new constitution that has determined the number of its members as 15 while the NC has been insisting that the 75-member structure should be given continuity just like other parliamentary committees’ strength has been retained.

Officials at the parliament secretariat see slim chances of resolving this dispute through understanding and that the two sides may go for vote to settle the matter.

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