•      Tue Jul 23 2024

Lawmakers voice against mandatory provision of National ID

National Assembly meeting

Kathmandu, June 23: In a meeting of the National Assembly (NA) today, the upper house members decried the government’s decision to make the submission of the National ID card mandatory to receive social security allowance.

“This is to cause a significant incontinence to the citizens,” they said.

Airing their views in a special hour of the NA today, Jit Jung Basnet said the decision to make the submission of the National ID Card in place of the citizenship to receive the old-age allowance is going to a significant discomfort for the beneficiaries.

Bhuwan Bahadur Sunuwar demanded a prompt correction in the decision, describing it a ‘tardy’ one.

Tulasa Dahal is among those lawmakers airing her concern over the government preparations for making the National ID mandatory.

The lawmakers also expressed their serious concerns over the alleged rape of a girl in a Chhaugoth (a menstrual hut) in Achham.

Dahal and Gopi Bahadur Achhami among other demanded the government ensure an intensive investigation against the alleged rape of an adolescent in Chhaugoth. Dahal called for increasing civic awareness for the elimination of the practice of Chhaugoth. Madan Kumari Shah also decried the incident.

Achhami also urged the government to address the 11-point demands put forth by the Federal Parliament staff.

Leader Bamdev Gautam called for nationalizing the entire land to increase productivity. He also stressed on timely allocation of relief and compensation to the survivors of monsoon disasters.

Kiran Bahadur Shrestha proposed to change an existing electoral system to have a stable government.

Bishnu Kumari Sapkota said the load of foreign debt has hindered the prosperity of the country, calling for exploring job opportunities within the country.

“Women are unsafe due to chhaupadi system”

Lawmakers of the National Assembly (NA) have said that women are insecure because of the Chhaupadi practice.

Lawmakers speaking in the meeting, emphasized that the policy and legal system designed to eradicate the Chhaupadi system should be strictly enforced.

At a special time of the National Assembly meeting today, MP Renu Chand said that Chhaupadi system has brought social distortions and discrimination against women.

He rued that although there are legal and policy provisions regarding the abolition of Chhaupadi system, it has not been implemented.

“During Chhaupadi, people are bitten and killed by snakes while sitting in the shed, some have been raped, they are even not able to go to school”, MP Chand said, “How long will women have to sit in the cave of death like this?” The government should take initiative to eradicate this kind of inhuman system.”

MP Jayantidevi Rai expressed her sorrow over the rape of a 16-year-old girl from Achham district and drew the attention of the Ministry of Home Affairs to this end. “Government should take action to punish the perpetrators and bring justice to the victims”, he said, “Women have to live with violence all the time, women should be allowed to live without discrimination.”

Mentioning that women are being deliberately insulted, MP Rai mentioned that the abolition of Chhaupadi practice is limited to speech only. #nepal #ID

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