President Bhandari grants amnesty to 531 inmates on Constitution Day being observed today

Nepal is marking its 6th Constitution Day amid various programs across the country today. The day marks the promulgation of the new constitution written by people’s representatives from the Constituent Assembly on 20 September, 2015.

The present constitution is the seventh written constitution of Nepal, which has aimed to establish socialism via citizen’s socioeconomic and cultural rights. It bears special significance for it was promulgated by the Constituent Assembly that was based on second people’s movement, peace accord and peace process.

The peace accord was signed earlier between the seven political parties and the rebellious CPN-Maoist. Moreover, it formally institutionalized the federal democratic republic system with the abolition of monarchy.

There are currently seven provinces, 753 local levels and a federal government as per the new system, which is said to deliver public service at citizen’s door step.

Nepal government has asked all local levels within the country as well as Nepali embassies and missions abroad to mark the day by lighting lamps from September 19 to 21.

A special function is being organized at the Army Pavilion in Tundikhel this morning.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said that Nepal’s constitution had ensured the rights of all by embracing global norms of democracy and human rights. In a message issued on the occasion, he maintained that the constitution promulgated under the leadership of the Nepali Congress was an important achievement of a long struggle for democracy.

Similarly, President Bidya Devi Bhandari congratulated all Nepali citizens in and out of the country on the occasion.

“We remember the day for the promulgation of the constitution as the result of sacrificial struggle of Nepali people. I would like to pay tribute to all martyrs who laid their lives for the establishment of democracy in the country,” she said in a statement.

President Bhandari has also granted amnesty to 531 inmates across the country on the occasion of Constitution Day. The convicts have been granted amnesty at the government’s recommendation and on the basis of Article 276 of the Constitution of Nepal.