Removal of Cooperative Act from meeting agenda riles lawmakers

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Lawmakers, in the very first hour of the Legislature-Parliament meeting Friday, expressed concern over the removal of the Cooperatives Act from the agenda of discussions.

Taking time from Speaker Onsari Gharti, they said the government did not pay its attention to the promotion of cooperative business that according to them remaining as one of the pillars of a three-pillar economy and a 'major' base for nation's economy.

There are six million cooperatives members across the country, this sector has a four-percent contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and has directly employed 100 thousand people, but the promotion of this sector is still not in the priority of the government, as they complained.

Though the Cooperative Act was initially included in the agenda for discussions in the meeting, the government had withdrawn it later.

Lawmaker Pashupati Chaulagain demanded the government instantly present the Act before the House.

Bikram Bahadur Thapa accused the government of infringing on people's right to property while implementing the road-widening project in the Kathmandu Valley.

People's losing house and land in the widening drive must be compensated justifiably and their right must be ensured, he asserted.

He was of the view that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's upcoming India visit be focused on addressing inconveniences and unjust treatment facing the Nepali at the hands of Indians. The government should clearly take the matter of border encroachment toward Nepal's side with the India Government.

Ashok Kumar Mandal took the time to urge the government to make immediate arrangements for the supply of relief assistance and compensation to the life affected by water-induced disasters (landslides and foods) in various Tarai-Madhesh districts.

Lawmaker Dimple Kumari Jha complained that the government has not made any efforts at providing relief and compensation to the families affected by the inundation at a dozen settlements in Saptari district. She stressed the need of ending the pathetic condition of the Muglin-Narayangadh road section.

MP Shree Prasad Jagebu stated that general life has been affected in different places of Panchthar and demanded relief and compensation to the affected people.

Lawmaker Tarini Datta Chataut called on the government to address the demands raised by Prof Dr Govinda K.C. who is on a hunger strike for the 11th time demanding reforms in the medical education sector.

MP Chudamani B.K. Jungalee said the government has not paid any attention to take action against the land mafia who encroached upon the land covered by the Phewa Lake and drew its attention to prioritize the conservation of the Phewa Lake, which remains as an ornament of Nepal and to remove the encroachment in the tourism site.

Meanwhile speaking in the Zero Hour of the meeting of the parliament Friday, lawmakers drew the government's attention to addressing the local and national issues as the impact Dr Govinda K.C.'s hunger strike has had on hospital services, the alleged corruption in the land purchase of Nepal Oil Corporation and the ongoing hunger strike of the temporary teachers.

The MPs drawing the government's attention on these issues include Kripa Ram Rana, Kripasur Sherpa, Krishna Bhakta Pokharel, Goma Kunwar, Gauri Kumari Oli, Chandra Kanta Bhandari, Jagadishwar Narsingh K.C., Jeevan Bahadur Shahi, Tapta Bahadur Bista, Dilli Prasad Kafle and Tulasa Rana, among others. RSS