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One year since business, parliament fails to satisfy: Lawmaker Bairagi



Pokhara, Dec 19: CPN (UML) leader Damodar Paudel ‘Bairagi’ has accused the government of concentrating powers of all organs of State- executive, legislature and judiciary- against the principle of separation of power. “All three organs of State must be independent.

Media is regarded as the fourth estate,” he viewed, expressing worry, “The government, however, is acting in a way it would function on behalf of all other organs.”

According to him, the government has interfered with judiciary and dragged president into controversy.

Activities of both the government and parliament are dismal, and he was not satisfied with the performance of government and parliament.

House of Representatives (HoR) member Bairagi further said he had realized that the executive overtook in some of the cases like release of the inmate imprisoned over serious crime, which was against the spirit of court verdict.

Elected to the HoR from Kaski constituency no 3, Bairagi had entered communist politics since student age. He joined the communist party with his affiliation to CPN (ML) in 2039BS.

He was born at Salyan village of Kaski district in 2023BS. He was associated with Nepal Trade Union Federation for a decade from 2045BS, while served as a fulltime member of the CPN (UML) from 2055BS to 2076BS.

Since 2070BS, he is district committee secretary of the party in Kaski. Bairagi as a HoR member for the first time is gaining new experience. He has showed sheer dissatisfaction over the one year performance of parliament.

He said hardly two to three bills were passed and even the bills for amendments did not get through. According to him, adequate discussions and debates with stakeholders is imperative before forwarding the bills to the parliament.

Quality bill is ensured only after rich discussion on it, but it eludes. Moreover, the government has flatly ignored the activities on the street and parliament which are against constitution.

“The issues emerged during the election of President and Vice President should have been taken seriously and addressed accordingly,” he regretted and wondered it went unheard.

Even in the implementation of law, the government is lackadaisical. It did not create atmosphere to prepare law to regulate information and communications sector.

The conflict victims are desperately waiting for justices but the inaction on transitional justice draws equal concern.

A generation of conflict victims has lost hope of getting justice now, Bairagi rued. Frantic cry for good governance is constant, resulting into exodus of youths.

Creation of atmosphere to retain youths is essential to prop up national economy, according to him.