Bill to allow oath in Hindi to end language row in Nepal
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 00:34
  
Kathmandu: The government on Tuesday introduced a landmark bill in the Nepal Parliament to enable the President and Vice President to take oath of office and secrecy in their mother tongues, a move likely to resolve the row over the "unconstitutional" oath by Parmananda Jha.

The position of Jha is inactive after the Supreme Court held his oath in the Hindi language "unconstitutional". He had refused to retake the oath of office in the Nepali language and had preferred to remain inactive in the post after his earlier oath was held illegal.

The government tabled the Seventh Amendment Bill to the interim constitution in the parliament that would make it legal for the President and Vice President (VP) to take oath of office and secrecy in their mother tongues.

"The government expresses firm commitment that the endorsement of this Bill will clear the way to resolve the problem related to VP Jha. The government will instantly implement the amended provision to resolve the problem related to Jha," Prem Bahadur Singh, the Minister for Law and Justice told the 601-member House.

The government said once the amendment was endorsed from the House, it would reactivate the post of VP Jha.

"Jha's position is currently of an elected VP, who has not been sworn in. So this Bill has been brought to the House so that he could take oath in his mother language," Singh was quoted as saying by The Himalayan Times online.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 00:34


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