‘Parliamentary Oversight: Sharing and Discussion’ concludes
KATHMANDU, August 10: Nepal Centre for Security Governance (NCSG) concluded its three-day workshop on ”Parliamentary Oversight: Sharing and Discussion” today. The workshop was attended by 17 members of parliament including federal and seven provinces. The workshop was concentrated on a wide range of issues including the international experience of parliamentary oversight and security sector governance and parliamentary oversight in Nepal after the 1990s.
The workshop was chaired by Abhaya Raj Joshi, chairperson of Nepal Center for Security Governance (NCSG) and Hon. Pabitra Niruala Kharel, chairperson of the International Relations Committee of the House of Representative attended the workshop as the chief guest. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Kharel highlighted the concept of security from a state-centric to a people-centric perspective. She also emphasized the significance of Nepal’s geostrategic location in South Asia and the world.
Furthermore, Additional Inspector General of Nepal Police (Retd) Surendra Bahadur Shah, Major Gen (Retd) Purna Bahadur Silwal, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Nepal Bhusan Chand, Member of House of Representatives from Kanchanpur Dr. Deepak Prakash Bhatt and Advocate Govinda Bandi shared their expertise on principles and practices of security governance and parliamentary oversight in the national and international context.
Parliamentarians from all seven provinces – two from each – utilized this discussion, inter-provincial workshop as a space exchanging their learning between each other and realized all the technical sessions highly relevant to broaden their knowledge in the areas of the security sector governance and parliamentary oversight.
During the technical sessions of the workshop, provincial parliamentarians shared their views regarding development of the Provincial Act to establish the provincial structure of Nepal Police. Three provinces – Province 1, Province 2 and Gandaki province have already passed the Act from their provincial parliament and others are under preparation. Most of the provincial parliamentarians raised concern over the reluctance of the national leadership to provide rights to provincial and local bodies according to schedules in the constitution while they are ready to establish provincial police as soon as possible.