Oppotion lawmakers demand withdrawal of Guthi bill
Kathmandu, June 10: Lawmakers of the opposition parties have demanded withdrawal of bill related to Guthi, protesting it in today’s meeting of the House of Representatives.
Meantime, Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara gave time to Nepali Congress Chief Whip Bal Krishna Khand to put forth his view. On the occasion, leader Khand said that the right to peaceful protest as per the constitution has been infringed.
He expressed the Nepali Congress’s objection over the rule of doing away with the existence of Guthi, demanding preservation of Hindu religion and culture.
In response to lawmaker’s concerns, Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal defended the bill reasoning that the plan to take Guthis into an authority model was to systematise related provisions in the constitutions and for uniformity of Guthis.
She argued that the bill has also accommodated the issue of establishing welfare of farmers relating to Guthi.