News digest: Governance (August 26 to September 1, 2021)

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The government has started a voluntary social security benefits program in which people can renounce their social security allowances if they don’t need them, and in return the Department of National ID and Civil Registration will recognize and honour such people giving those certificates of appreciation.

CPN UML has criticized the court’s July 12 ruling which reinstated the house and directed the president to appoint Sher Bahadur Deuba as prime minister. The party argued that the incumbent government was formed under the court’s ruling and not by popular mandate. However, Deuba won over 60 percent of the house’s support.

Chief justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana will not sit on the constitutional bench which is hearing petitions made against an ordinance to amend the Constitutional Council Act. Concerns regarding Rana’s conflict of interest over the bench’s functions were raised.

Agricultural Development Bank paid Rs. 1.08 billion in dividends to the government in the fiscal year 2019-20, but this ropped to Rs. 540 million in the last fiscal year 2020-21. Similarly, there have been drops in dividend income for public enterprises in the last fiscal year.

A probe panel has submitted a report to the government for last month’s Mahakali incident where a Darchula youth attempting to cross Mahakali river using a cable fell into the river. Eyewitness accounts claim that a Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) person untangled the cable to prevent the youth from reaching the other side.

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