Government registers constitution amendment bill to revise Nepal’s map in national emblemThe bill seeks to amend Schedule 3 of the constitution to update the map in the national emblem as per a new political map released on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Law and Justice has registered an amendment bill at the Parliament to update Nepal’s map in the national emblem as per the new political and administrative map the government released on Wednesday.
Law Minister Shiva Maya Tumbahamphe registered the bill on the second amendment to the Constitution of Nepal to amend the Schedule 3 of the statute which is related to Article 9 (2). The Article is related to the coat-of-arms of Nepal which is listed in the Schedule 3.
“The law ministry has registered the amendment bill to the Parliament Secretariat which will be discussed in both the Houses,” Dashrath Dhamala, under-secretary at the Secretariat, told the Post. The House of Representatives and the National Assembly have to endorse the bill with a two-third majority.
Earlier on Friday, a Cabinet meeting decided to register the bill.
“Today’s Cabinet meeting decided to register a constitution amendment bill at the Parliament,” said Finance and Communication Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada, who is also the spokesperson for the government in a media briefing at Singha Durbar. “The bill will seek to amend Schedule 3 of the constitution to revise the country’s map in the national emblem as per a new political map Nepal.”
The government on Wednesday released Nepal’s new political and administrative map depicting Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura within Nepali borders. The regions have been claimed by India as its own. Though both the countries had agreed to resolve the border disputes through a mechanism, it had been pending for long.
Nepal decided to release its new political map including those territories within Nepali borders after India earlier this month opened a road link via Lipulekh to Kailash Mansarovar in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Nepal has for long claimed that historical evidence and facts show those territories belong to Nepal.
According to Khatiwada, the explanation for the amendment states that an amendment is necessary to revise Nepal's map in the coat of arms as per the new map of the country.11