KATHMANDU, Feb 5: After concluding deliberations on all the 11 preliminary draft reports prepared by thematic committees, the Constitutional Committee (CC) in the CA has begun preparing the first draft of the constitution. This marks the second phase of constitution making process.
A meeting of the CC on Friday discussed the preliminary draft report and concept paper prepared by the CA Committee on Natural Resources, Financial Rights and Public revenue sharing (NRFRRS).
The CA full House had passed the preliminary draft report and forwarded it along with feedbacks and directives to the CC on Thursday. Apart from preparing the preliminary draft report, the 63-member CC is also entrusted with preparing an integrated draft compiling all the 11 preliminary draft reports.
“We held our first meeting in connection with preparing the integrated report today [Friday]. In the meeting, we first distributed copies to the members and discussed the way forward,” CC Chairman Nilambar Acharya told myrepublica.com.
The CA opted to forward the preliminary draft report prepared by the Committee on NRFRRS to the CC as there were very few provisions that the political parties found contentious.
The CA is yet to forward other 10 preliminary draft reports to the CC. The CA has allocated one-month to prepare the first draft.
UCPN (Maoist) Vice-Chairmen Dr Baburam Bhattarai, Narayankaji Shrestha, Nepali Congress (NC) Vice-President Prakashman Singh and General Secretary Bimalendra Nidhi were among the senior leaders present in the meeting. NC President Girija Prasad Koirala, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, among other top leaders, are members of the committee.
Acharya earlier urged all top leaders for their regular presence in the committee meeting.
A member present at Friday´s meeting preferring anonymity said that it seemed that the work of making the integrated draft wouldn´t gather momentum until all the reports are collected.
After preparing the first draft, it will be forwarded to the CA full House for further deliberations. Besides holding several rounds of discussions in and outside the House, the CA members will also visit their districts and constituencies to get feedbacks on the draft.
The report will also incorporate public feedback and would again be discussed in the House. Finally all the provisions shall be ratified by two-thirds majority of the 601-member House.