Lawmakers in the National Assembly on Friday demanded the opinion of the government on the ongoing dispute in Kashmir.
Quoting media reports lawmaker Jitendra Dev asked for an official view of the government on the Kashmir dispute. “The government has eyes, noses but not mouth to speak about Kashmir case,” he said.
Kashmir is drawing world attention after India on August 5 revoked a section of its constitution that granted Kashmir some autonomy.
Dev said that the government was not speaking on that issue and was exhibiting its weak foreign diplomacy. “Tilting towards north can produce worse result than it is now,” he added.
Dev also blamed that the government failed to update itself in revising Nepal-India Treaty of 1950. “In a recent 4-day seminar, the Nepali team could not express properly about the Treaty,” he said.
He said that the Eminent Persons’ Group (EPG) was lacking inclusive pragmatism and balanced representation.
The lawmakers expressed their opinion on public concern issues in the NA meeting today.
Lawmaker Bhairab Sunder Shrestha asked the government to install traffic lights and CCTV cameras to control the increasing cases of crimes in the country. “Police collect enough revenue which will be enough to fix traffic lights and CCTV,” he said.
Another lawmaker Badri Prasad Pandey spoke on flood, landslide and natural disasters in Bajura district and urged the government to make short and long term plans and programmes to address the problem. .
He said the government was slow in rescue, relief and resettlement programmes, and stressed the need for integrated village development.
Pandey said high hilly and even plain areas were facing problems in developing settlement in itself. Pandey suggested the government searching the study report conducted last time and designing programmes accordingly.
Lawmaker Khem Raj Nepali expressed his dissatisfaction over removing ‘Maithali bulletin’ in Radio Nepal.
Minister for Forest and Environment Shakti Bahadur Basnet presented Environment Bill in the meeting for discussion.