HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Though the government was said to be working on more than three dozen ordinances, the Cabinet today decided to send only four, three of them non-political in nature, to the President for approval.
The decision to send the ordinances comes 10 days after President Ram Baran Yadav put the kibosh on two election related ordinances. The Cabinet today recommended Education (fourth amendment) Ordinance, Civil Service (third amendment) Ordinance and Nepal Health Service (fourth amendment) Ordinance, all non-political in nature, and an ordinance on formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Commission on the Inquiry of the Disappeared.
The ordinance seeking formation of TRC/CID bears high legal and political importance, as it is related to the decade-long Maoist insurgency and transitional justice. The government though was planning to seek approval for Some Nepal Act Amendment Ordinance in a bid to make appointment to constitutional bodies, it was not recommended today.
Education Minister Dina Nath Sharma said the government was hopeful that the President would not reject the four ordinances in view of their significance. The government, it is believed, recommended the TRC/CID ordinance, along with three other non-political ones, to test the waters in the wake of rejection of two ordinances recently.
The bid to set up TRC/CID through ordinance has already drawn flak from human rights activists who doubt that the government ‘is aiming at granting blanket amnesty to the perpetrators’.