KATHMANDU, FEB 11 - Indian Ambassador Jayant Prasad has claimed that a framework of the new constitution is almost ready.
The ambassador underscored that Nepal’s political parties do not have any alternative but to conclude the remaining tasks of peace and constitution through consensus for timely promulgation of the statute.
“I am hopeful that the remaining tasks of integrating the Maoist combatants and drafting the new constitution will move forward because there is no alternative to it,” Prasad said, while inaugurating a documentary entitled ‘Relationship and Development’ at the Reporters’ Club, on Friday.
While stating that the “framework of the constitution is more or less ready”, Prasad stressed the need for resolving the remaining challenges through consensus. Referring to international examples, the ambassador ruled out the possibility of getting a “fine print” of constitution in one go. “Democracy and federalism are very difficult to evolve,” Prasad said.
He stated that an agreement to be signed between India’s Ministry of External Affairs and the Power Grid in New Delhi next week would pave the way for exporting power from India, thereby mitigating Nepal’s power crisis.
Informing that India has removed all exercise and other duties on the Nepali products to promote them in the Indian markets, Prasad said preparations were afoot to curtail procedures for importing products from India’s port.
Preparations are on to install the latest scanning technology at the ICPs to ease delay at the Jogbani and Raxaul customs offices, said the ambassador, adding that such renovation would reduce the transit checking time by sixty percent.
Responding to a query on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s possible visit to Nepal, Prasad said both sides were in discussion to materialise the visit in an opportune time in the near future. The envoy claimed that the Patna Sessions Court dropped charges against 11Maoist leaders due to the political nature of their accusation.
He added that the cases of Maoist leaders pending in various Indian courts would be dealt as per the nature of their involvement and the domestic law.
Ambassador Prasad also suggested that Nepal maintain cordial relations with both of its neighbours—India and China.
Posted on: 2012-02-11 ...