News Digest – Federal Affairs (July 1-7, 2021)



Sudurpashchim Provincial Assembly passed the provincial tourism bill 2020 on July 1. The province emphasizes the protection and promotion of tourism sectors through the tourism bill. 

Three hundred and eighteen local governments have not entered budget details in the web portal of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) so far.

Provincial Politics 

State Minister for Physical Infrastructure Development and JSP lawmaker of the Lumbini Province, Suman Sharma Rayamajhi has submitted a resignation letter to Chief Minister Shankar Pokharel on July 2. Minister Raymajhi mentioned in the letter that she could not continue working with the ruling party. Now, CM Pokharel becomes a minority in the Provincial Assembly after Raymajh’s resignation from the minister.

The budget session of Province 1 was postponed 16th times on July 4. The opposition party is blaming the ruling party for trying to manipulation budget in their interest. Similarly on July 5, the main opposition parties – Nepali Congress and CPN-Maoist Center obstructed the Bagmati Provincial Assembly meeting claiming that the ruling party allocated a budget for their interest.

The Rule of Law

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the reinstatement of four representatives of Kailali. The Election Commission had dismissed them at the request of the CPN-Maoist Center. Maoist Center had expelled four local representatives after they joined the CPN-UML, however, they had contested the elections from CPN-MC.

State Minister for Internal Affairs and Law (MoIAL) in Province 2, Saroj Singh Kushwaha has expressed dissatisfaction with the minister for the MoIAL Gyanendra Yadav, claiming Minister Yadav does not provide the required power as their post, while minister Singh had asked to provide power as per their post. Minister Kushwaha is also not familiar with any decision of Minister Yadav.

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