The Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) has drawn the attention of Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Gyanendra Bahadur Karki about the citizenship bill which is pending at the Federal Parliament for a couple of years.
A delegation of the NRNA led by its President Kumar Pant called on the Minister in the presence of the members of National Assembly and House of Representatives to ask him to facilitate in getting the bill passed from the house as soon as possible. Drawing the attention of the government regarding the delay in bringing the instrumental law, Pant said that the ending of the session of the parliament without passing the citizenship bill has affected the amendment of NRNA Act as well.
Resource person from the NRNA on the continuation of citizenship, Saroj Dahal, had updated the meeting about the progress made in terms of granting citizenship to the non-resident Nepalis.
Chief Executive Officer of the NRNA Development Fund, Anal Raj Bhattarai, said that if the government addressed the issues and promoted investment from NRNs in Nepal, the fund could increase to Rs. 50 billion.
At present, the size of the fund is Rs. 10 billion. The fund is formally registered at the Company Registrar’s Office in Nepal. Minister Karki, on the occasion, told the NRNA delegation that there were no problems in citizenship bill as regards to the NRNs. According to him, the bill will be passed at the earliest as the government was liberal towards the Nepalis residing in foreign countries. “I will take initiatives to address the demands of the NRNs as per the constitutional provisions and would make policy reforms to facilitate NRNs,” he told the delegation. Chairman of Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee of the Parliament, Laxman Lal Karna, urged the government to address the demands of the NRNs stating that there was consensus on citizenship bill. Member of the National Assembly, Radheshyam Adhikari, said that the country should adopt open policy vis-à-vis Nepalis in foreign land so as to stop the brain drain and capital flight.