Nepal Parliament Passed The First Citizenship Amendment Bill – Nepal Parliament: Nepal Parliament Passed The First Citizenship Amendment Bill
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Nepal’s Parliament has passed the country’s first Citizenship Amendment Bill. The bill was being discussed in the House of Representatives since 2020. The bill was stalled due to differences of political parties over the provision of a seven-year waiting period for foreign women marrying Nepalese men to acquire citizenship.
In a meeting of the lower house of the Nepali Parliament or the House of Representatives, Home Minister Balkrishna Khand introduced Nepal’s first Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2022 before the MPs and said that this bill will amend the Nepal Citizenship Act 2006 and ensure provisions for providing citizenship according to the Constitution. To be introduced in the Parliament.
The Home Minister said, there are thousands of people who have not got citizenship certificates while their parents are citizens of Nepal. Due to non-availability of citizenship certificate, they are also deprived of education and other facilities. I appeal to support this new bill and move forward in making new laws and implementing them.
Now the discussion will be held in the upper house
The Home Minister exuded confidence that the new bill would be introduced in the Upper House of Parliament or the National Assembly, where the discussion would begin. The Nepal government last week withdrew it from the lower house after MPs from the main opposition party CPN-UML protested against the citizenship bill.