PM Prachanda addresses 78th Session of the UNGA highlighting Nepal’s priorities (Full Text of PM’s Statement)

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said Nepal supports the reform of the UN Security Council to make it broadly representative, democratic, transparent, and accountable and called for the revitalization of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council with greater role to these vital organs.

In his address to the General Debate of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), PM Prachanda said Nepal welcomes and supports the Secretary General’s vision of ‘Our Common Agenda’ and the ‘New Agenda for Peace’. We need an inclusive and effective multilateralism to better respond to and deliver on the needs of the people and the planet. “Only a more democratic, inclusive, fair and representative international financial architecture can be an antidote to the deep-rooted inequities and gaps,” the PM said.

Full text of the Prime Minister and the Leader of Nepali Delegation Rt. Hon. Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ made at the General Debate of the 78th Session of United Nations General Assembly.

Theme-:

“Rebuilding Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity: Accelerating Action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards Peace, Prosperity, Progress, and Sustainability for All”

Madam. President,

Excellencies,

Distinguished delegates.

I congratulate you, madam. President, and members of the Bureau, on your respective elections.

I also express my deep appreciation to the UN Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres for his unremitting efforts to strengthen the United Nations and promote the cause of multilateralism.

There could be no better time to deliberate on the theme ‘Rebuilding Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity’, particularly when trust and cooperation are in short supply and crisis of confidence reign the world.

Today, due to the resurgence of geopolitical competition, power polarization and economic nationalism, maintenance of world peace and security, the foremost goal of the UN Charter, have come under serious strain. Spending on arms is on the rise, but resources for the realization of the 2030 Agenda have become scarce.

We must correct this course and focus on our common goals of peace, prosperity, and progress.

It is time to build trust, promote partnership and collaboration, and work in solidarity when the world is facing the challenges of unprecedented scale and nature.

Madam. President,

I have fond memories of addressing this august Assembly back in 2008 as the Prime Minister of a country that had just made a transformation of historic proportion- a transformation from armed conflict to an inclusive and nationally owned peace process; a transformation from centuries old feudal monarchical rule to a democratic republican order; and a transformation to a multi-party democratic polity where participation of all sections of our society is ensured.

Fifteen years on, we have come a long way. We successfully transitioned through a nationally led peace process. We promulgated a democratic Constitution in 2015 by an elected constituent assembly, which has consolidated the universally recognized values of human rights, participatory democracy, periodic elections, inclusive proportional representation, full press freedom, independent judiciary, and the rule of law.

The successive two cycles of federal, provincial, and local elections have resulted in increased participation of women, dalits, youths and under-represented communities at all levels of governance. We have been able to ensure 41% representation of women in local assemblies. A minimum of 33% representation of women is constitutionally guaranteed in the provincial assemblies and federal parliament.

We have firmly established that the sovereignty lies in Nepali people, and they are the real source of state power.

We are now closer to logically concluding our unique, nationally owned, and home-grown peace process. Completing the remaining task of transitional justice is top on my political agenda. As Prime Minister and a co-signatory of the Comprehensive Peace Accord, I have been making serious efforts to bridge the gaps and build consensus among the key stakeholders.

An Amendment Bill related to the transitional justice has been tabled at the Federal Parliament to address the concerns of the victims, strike a right balance between peace, justice and reparation, and to make the transitional justice process broadly owned by our society. The proposed Bill, evolved through a wider consultative process, takes a victim-centric approach and recognizes reparation as victim’s right.

In the process, there will be no blanket amnesty for the serious violation of human rights. The ultimate objective is to establish an enduring peace in the country and foster harmony in society through peace, justice, and reconciliation.

I appeal the international community for their goodwill and support to the conclusion of the final leg of our peace process and to duly recognize this rare example of successful conflict transformation.

Madam. President,

As Nepal’s political course has taken a stable shape, our focus is now on the agenda of economic transformation. We are aware that political achievements can only be sustained by socio-economic growth and development.

It is not least in this light that the central focus of the current government is on mobilizing all its energy and resources to accelerate development works and ensure good governance.

We are graduating from the LDC status by 2026; and we are committed to making our graduation smooth, sustainable, and irreversible.

We are currently in the process of finalizing the smooth transition strategy of graduation.

We have put SDGs at the center of our development vision and priorities. However, crises such as COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and heightened geo-political competition have threatened our hard-earned progress in SDGs.

We, therefore, call for an enhanced level of international support in the form of development assistance, foreign direct investment, export promotion, SDR allocation, technology transfer and technical assistance.

Nepal welcomes Secretary General’s call for an increase in SDG financing by US Dollar 500 billion per year.

As the current LDCs chair, we remain actively engaged in collaboration with fellow LDCs in all relevant forums including in the UN system to protect and promote our collective interest.

We stress the need to mainstream the Doha Program of Action into all important UN processes and development system, and the development cooperation framework of our partners.

We call for a fair and equitable international trading regime that benefits the LDCs.

Coordinated policies aimed at debt relief, debt restructuring, and debt swap as envisaged by the DPoA must be translated into reality.

Madam. President,

Climate change has assumed a crisis proportion and the clock is ticking. Our inaction or little action will surely invite disastrous consequences for humanity. We must, therefore, set higher ambitions and commit ourselves to achieving those ambitions in a time-bound manner.

Climate vulnerable mountainous countries like Nepal have been bearing the severe brunt of climate change.

The Himalayas are the source of fresh water for over two billion people. Global warming has induced rapid receding of ice in our Himalayas. It has not only eroded the health of our mountains but also endangered the lives and livelihoods of millions of people living downstream.

The human and financial toll due to floods, droughts, and other extreme climate induced events is terrifying.

On our part, we remain fully committed to the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and achieving its goals.

Nepal has set an ambitious target of reaching a net-zero scenario by 2045. We have already submitted our updated NDC and aligned our national policies and plans with it.

Our priorities include conserving and sustainably managing land, forest, and water resources; undertaking effective adaptation and mitigation measures; and promoting a green and resilient economy.

To this end, we are working to ensure access to clean energy for all citizens.

Easy access to climate finance will be the key to low-carbon and climate resilient development pathways.

Equally crucial are the early operationalization of the loss and damage fund, fulfilling the target of the 100 billion US Dollars commitment as well as doubling up of the adaptation climate finance.

It is an irony that my country Nepal, with 45 percent of its area as forest with rich biodiversity and 15 percent of its land as high mountains, releases least Green House Gas Emission but contributes significantly to ecological preservation, has unfairly suffered from climate crisis. This kind of mismatch must be addressed through a compensation mechanism to the countries that positively contribute to the greening of the planet.

Excellencies,

It is quite distressing that conflicts within and between countries are on the rise.

Nepal opposes any use or threat of use of force against the territorial integrity, political independence, and sovereignty of any country.

People of Libya, Syria and Yemen continue to bear the brunt of protracted crises. Their suffering must end. We believe that the UN brokered truce in Yemen must be allowed to transition to a sustained peace. The protracted stalemate in Libya must give a way to peace and reconciliation.

The Palestinian people deserve peace ending the prolonged conflict. Nepal reiterates its support for a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine, living peacefully side by side, within recognized international borders based on the relevant UN resolutions.

We continue to support nationally owned, peaceful, just, and lasting solutions to conflicts around the world. Peace founded on inclusion, empowerment, economic prosperity, and justice stands a better chance to last longer.

Madam President,

Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction continues to threaten peace and security in the world.

Constant stockpiling of nuclear arsenals, growing arms race and ever-increasing military expenditure are worrisome.

Nepal reiterates its call for total and time-bound disarmament of all weapons of mass destruction including biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological weapons.

As the host country to UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific, Nepal believes that regional processes, including the Kathmandu Process, reinforce the global disarmament regime.

The void of international governance on cyberspace and artificial intelligence demands multilateral regulation. Dual use of artificial intelligence urgently calls for informed deliberations on preventing its potential misuse and strengthening of international cooperation.

Nepal condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. We call for an early conclusion of a comprehensive global treaty against terrorism.

Madam President,

Nepal’s commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights is total and unflinching. We believe in an integrated approach to democracy, development, and human rights.

Nepal attaches great importance to the safety, security, dignity, and wellbeing of migrant workers. We call for effective implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to ensure that migration works for all.

Excellencies,

The principles of Panchasheel, non-alignment, the UN Charter, international law, and norms of world peace continue to guide Nepal’s foreign policy.

Amity, cordiality, and fraternity are the underlying ethos of our international engagements.

We want to promote relations with our neighbours and all other friendly countries on the basis of sovereign equality, non-interference, and mutual respect.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to multilateralism, with the United Nations at its centre.

True to our commitment, Nepal continues to contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security through our consistent participation to the UN mandated peacekeeping operations for the last 65 years.

Currently the second-largest troops and police contributing country, we have always deployed our peacekeepers at every call and without any caveat, even in the most challenging situations.

Our peacekeepers have earned distinct repute of dedication, professionalism and competence which has been widely acknowledge by the United Nations, the host governments, and societies alike.

We reiterate our call for fair share of leadership positions at the headquarters and in the field to the troops and police contributing countries.

We know today’s global governance architecture largely reflects yesterday’s world. Timely reform is essential for the multilateral institutions to remain relevant and to reflect today’s realities.

Nepal supports the reform of the UN Security Council to make it broadly representative, democratic, transparent, and accountable. We call for the revitalization of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council with greater role to these vital organs.

We welcome and support the Secretary General’s vision of ‘Our Common Agenda’ and the ‘New Agenda for Peace’. We need an inclusive and effective multilateralism to better respond to and deliver on the needs of the people and the planet.

Structural reform to the international financial architecture is long overdue. The voice of the countries in special situation, including the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS, must be heard. Their meaningful representation must be ensured.

Only a more democratic, inclusive, fair and representative international financial architecture can be an antidote to the deep-rooted inequities and gaps.

In conclusion, Madam. President, it is our collective responsibility to ensure peace and prosperity for everyone, everywhere and to ensure that no one is left behind:

I thank you for your kind attention!

Source: National News Agency

Time to build trust, promote partnership and collaboration: PM

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has said that maintenance of the world peace and security — the foremost goal of the UN Charter — have come under serious strain due to the resurgence of geopolitical competition, power polarization and economic nationalism. “Spending on arms is on the rise, but resources for the realization of the 2030 Agenda have become scarce. We must correct this course and focus on our common goals of peace, prosperity, and progress,” the PM said.

In his address to the General Debate of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), PM Prachanda said it is time to build trust, promote partnership and collaboration, and work in solidarity when the world is facing the challenges of unprecedented scale and nature.

The PM was of the view that there could be no better time to deliberate on the theme ‘Rebuilding Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity’, particularly when trust and cooperation are in short supply and crisis of confidence reign the world.

In his speech, the PM said that Nepal’s focus is now on the agenda of economic transformation as Nepal’s political course has taken a stable shape.

We are aware that political achievements can only be sustained by socio-economic growth and development, he viewed.

He also shared that Nepal is graduating from the LDC status by 2026; and was committed to making the graduation smooth, sustainable, and irreversible.

“We have put the SDGs at the center of our development vision and priorities. However, crises such as COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and heightened geo-political competition have threatened our hard-earned progress in SDGs.”

Against this backdrop, PM Dahal called for an enhanced level of international support in the form of development assistance, foreign direct investment, export promotion, SDR allocation, technology transfer and technical assistance.

The Prime Minister also raised the issues of climate with priority saying climate change has assumed a crisis proportion and the clock is ticking. He said our inaction or little action will surely invite disastrous consequences for humanity. “Climate vulnerable mountainous countries like Nepal have been bearing the severe brunt of climate change. The Himalayas are the source of fresh water for over two billion peoples. Global warming has induced rapid receding of ice in our Himalayas. It has not only eroded the health of our mountains but also endangered the lives and livelihoods of millions of people living downstream,” the PM stated.

Likewise, the PM said that Nepal opposes any use or threat of use of force against the territorial integrity, political independence, and sovereignty of any country adding that conflicts within and between countries are on the rise. ‘We continue to support nationally owned, peaceful, just, and lasting solutions to conflicts around the world. Peace founded on inclusion, empowerment, economic prosperity, and justice stands a better chance to last longer,” according to PM Dahal.

Saying that Nepal condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, the PM called for an early conclusion of a comprehensive global treaty against terrorism. “Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction continues to threaten peace and security in the world. Constant stockpiling of nuclear arsenals, growing arms race and ever-increasing military expenditure are worrisome,” PM Dahal viewed.

On the occasion, the PM said that Nepal’s commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights was total and unflinching and believes in an integrated approach to democracy, development, and human rights. “Nepal attaches great importance to the safety, security, dignity, and wellbeing of migrant workers. We call for effective implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to ensure that migration works for all.”

Similarly, PM Prachanda shared his remarks on Nepal’s guides to foreign policy stating that the principles of Panchasheel, non-alignment, the UN Charter, international law, and norms of world peace guide our foreign policy.

The PM said Nepal wants to promote relations with its neighbours and all other friendly countries on the basis of sovereign equality, non-interference, and mutual respect. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to multilateralism, with the United Nations at its centre,” the PM said.

Likewise, he said that Nepal continues to contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security through its consistent participation to the UN mandated peacekeeping operations.

Saying that currently Nepal is the second-largest troops and police contributing country, the PM mentioned that Nepal has always deployed its peacekeepers at every call and without any caveat, even in the most challenging situations. “Our peacekeepers have earned distinct repute of dedication, professionalism and competence which has been widely acknowledge by the United Nations, the host governments, and societies alike.”

Likewise, the PM reiterated Nepal’s call for fair share of leadership positions at the headquarters and in the field to the troops and police contributing countries.

“Timely reform is essential for the multilateral institutions to remain relevant and to reflect today’s realities. Nepal supports the reform of the UN Security Council to make it broadly representative, democratic, transparent, and accountable. We call for the revitalization of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council with greater role to these vital organs,” he remarked.

Source: National News Agency

BNP to be big looser if boycotts upcoming elections: Hanif

Calling BNP to stop their so called one-point demand of toppling government, Awami League joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said the party should concentrate on how to appear in the upcoming national elections; otherwise it will fall in deep crisis.

“BNP should to pay attention on how to take part in the coming national elections by suspending their game of ousting the government …otherwise it [BNP] will have to pay for their ‘political error”, he said.

The ruling party leader told the journalists after holding meeting with his party leaders at his residence at PTI road here this morning.

Hanif said : “the national elections will be held in time as per the constitution and following the rules …if BNP does not participate in the elections, then it would be a repetition of their immature political wisdom.”

Criticizing BNP’s top leaders including Mirza Fakhrul, Hanif said it has been waging one-point movement of ousting the government for last two years and even every month they are predicting that the government will collapse a month later.

But the government remains in power with its utmost capacity, he said.

Putting emphasize on holding free, fair and neutral elections, Hanif said “our foreign allies have a liberty to send election observers here to oversee the elections whether the polling are free fair or not as the government is ready to congratulate them.

Upazila Parishad Chaiman Ataur Rahman Ata, District Awami League Organizing Secretaries Mazharul Alam Suman and Amjad Hossain Raju, Information and Research Secretary Rashedul Islam Biplob, District Women Awami League Organizing Secretary Afroza Akhter Dew, among others, were present.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

AL will come to power again thru fair polls: Hasan

Information and Broadcasting Minister and Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud has said his party would come to power again through free and fair elections as he exchanged views with Bangladeshi expatriates in Canada.

“A section of people and groups, who don’t like country’s development, are carrying out different propagandas at home and abroad. But, Awami League will come to power again through free and fair polls,” he said.

While addressing the function at AL Toronto office, the minister said most of the propagandas against Bangladesh are being hatched from abroad, said a release received here today.

“I am urging all expatriates to give befitting reply to those propagandas,” he said.

Dr Hasan said conspiracy against Bangladesh was also held in 1971. But, Bangladesh had achieved independence, he added.

“Similarly, no one can hinder the ongoing development of Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he continued.

AL Canada unit founder President Sarwar Hossain and AL Ontario unit founder President Farooque Hasan, among others, addressed the meeting with Ontario AL unit President Mostafa Kamal in the chair.

Ontario AL unit General Secretary Litan Masud conducted it.

Earlier, the information minister joined a view-exchange meeting with the Chattogram University’s former students who are now staying in Canada.

Terming all Bangladeshi expatriates as ambassadors of the country, Dr Hasan said the expatriates have a pivotal role in the unprecedented development of the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Expatriates Mohammad Amin Mia, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Showgat Ali Sagar, Giasuddin Ahmed, Shafi Ahmed, AMM Toha, Sazzad Hossain, Jahirul Haque Chowdhury, Kazi Jahiruddin and Minara Begum, among others, addressed it.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Women’s participation in decision-making level stressed

Kathmandu, Sept 15: Participants in an interaction programme expressed their concern that although the issues of gender equality and social inclusion were included in the election manifesto and statute of the political parties, women did not yet have a strong presence and role in the decision-making level.

In the programme organized by the Centre for Dalit Women Nepal, Nepali Congress’s leader Pushpa Bhusal argued that the provision of at least 33 per cent women’s participation in state organ and government would not suffice, women should be competitive and capable.

“The Constitution of Nepal has provision for at least 33 per cent women’s participation. But they should be competitive and capable, she said, asking, “Where are women in the decision-making level?”

According to her, women should be fielded in the election but there should be plan and strategy to secure a win for them.

Similarly, CPN (UML) parliamentarian Jivan Ghimire said that although women’s participation was comparatively increasing in the recent time with the establishment of democracy, there was not a satisfactory situation yet.

He emphasized changes and spoke of the need to correct the weakness in the implementation of constitution.

Likewise, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s whip Rupa Chaudhary argued that it was necessary for the men to speak out the problems of women who did not lag behind to carry guns to bring about political changes and it was also necessary for the non-Dalits to speak for the Dalits.

Rastriya Swatantra Party’s parliamentarian Santosh Pariyar underscored reservation for people from the marginalized cast, communities, class, gender and regions. He spoke out the need to mainstream women who, according to him, were left behind due to political thinking.

CPN (Unified Socialist)’s Metmani Chaudhary shared that women should be prioritized while fielding them in First-Past-The-Post system in election and all political parties should include this provision in their policy and manifesto.

On the occasion, advocate Indu Tuladhar presented a working paper on the ‘Issues of gender equality and social inclusion in the political parties’ statute and manifesto’.

Source: National News Agency – Nepal

Australian High Commissioner, BGMEA President discusses trade opportunities

Jeremy Bruer, Australian High Commissioner to

Bangladesh, today met Faruque Hassan, President of the Bangladesh Garment

Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and discussed trade

opportunities.

BGMEA Vice President Shahidullah Azim, Directors Abdullah Hil Rakib,

Barrister Vidiya Amrit Khan, Neela Hosna Ara, Chair of BGMEA Standing

Committee on Press, Publication and Publicity Shovon Islam, Chair of BGMEA

Standing Committee on RSC Nafis-Ud-Doula, and Chair of BGMEA Standing

Committee on Trade Fair Mohammed Kamal Uddin were present at the meeting.

Mahbub ur Rahman, CEO of HSBC Bangladesh; Joshua Gacutan, Second Secretary

(Economic); and Nitol Dewan, Trade and Economic Development Manager at the

Australian High Commission, were also present at the meeting held at BGMEA

Complex in the capital’s Uttara.

The meeting was marked by fruitful discussions on mutual interests and

potential collaborations in grasping trade opportunities between Bangladesh

and Australia.

Both sides had discussions regarding a range of topics, including avenues for

enhancing bilateral trade between the two nations, said a press release.

They also delved into the means of strengthening partnership and expanding

trade and investment in areas of high potential.

One of the key points discussed in the meeting was the continuation of

Australia’s duty-free market access to Bangladesh in the post-LDC period, for

which the BGMEA President expressed his gratitude.

Bangladesh’s keen interest in the Australian market, particularly in

exporting high-end fashion items, and the potential to increase its imports

of cotton and wool from Australia for its readymade garment sector were also

highlighted in their discussion.

Faruque extended his appreciation to Australia for its ongoing support in

Bangladesh’s journey towards development.

He highlighted the significance of Australia as a promising market for

Bangladesh’s apparel exports.

He also underscored the importance of fostering industry connections between

Australian suppliers of raw materials, such as cotton and wool, and

Bangladesh’s RMG sector.

Faruque thanked the Austrian High Commissioner for extending his cooperation

in organizing the first-ever Bangladesh Apparel Summit in Melbourne on July

18 this year.

The summit played an important role in bringing closer a wide range of

stakeholders of the RMG industry including buyers, retailers, suppliers,

consumers, development partners and others, creating a good opportunity for

fruitful discussions.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

National Local Government Day tomorrow: President, PM issue messages

The National Local Government Day will be observed tomorrow in a befitting manner for the first time in the country with the theme ‘Efficient Architect of Service and Improvement, Local Government in Development-Innovation’.

In separate messages on the eve of the day, President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today wished all the successes of the programmes taken in connection with the observance of National Local Government Day.

In his message, the President said there are five levels of local government system starting from city corporation, district, upazila, municipality and union.

Elected local representatives and officials of the local government institutions are working tirelessly to provide better civic services and to build Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the head of the state added.

The President hoped that by observing the day, the bond between the local government and mass people will be strengthened and service delivery will become easy and hassle-free.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: “I am very happy to know that ‘September 14’ is being celebrated this year for the first time as ‘National Local Government Day’.”

On this auspicious occasion, the Premier extended her best wishes and congratulations to all the members of local government division and local government institutions and the people of this country.

She firmly believed that this day will open new doors to get closer to the land and people, apart from serving the people in the country in days to come.

The foundation of local government was laid in the country through the development philosophy of the greatest Bangalee of all time and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she said.

The local government was clarified in Articles 59 and 60 of the country’s constitution as well as the First Five Year Plan, she added.

One of the plans of the First Five Year Plan was – ‘The new local government institutions will be responsible for the construction and maintenance of road, drain and irrigation infrastructure, public health, sanitation, education and provision of social welfare services’, she continued.

In continuation of that, all local government institutions across the country are active and dedicated to multi-dimensional welfare activities, she said.

Following the footsteps of the Father of the Nation, the Awami League-led government has developed the country’s rural sector in the last 14.5 years by improving 75,825 kilometers (km) of roads and construction/reconstruction of 4,35,307 meters of new bridges/culverts.

The government developed and rehabilitated 1, 21, 623 km paved roads and 1, 58, 579 bridge meters / culvert, she said, adding that construction/expansion of 1, 767 Union Parishad Complex Buildings and 406 Upazila Parishad Complex Buildings have been made.

“Our greatest asset is the people of the country,” she said, adding that people should be more involved in the development activities of the government.

She also emphasised listening to people’s demands and problems to ensure development in future.

By 2041, the local government should be made smart and service-oriented to build a developed and prosperous Smart Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina hoped.

“With the combined efforts of all, we will be able to build a hunger-poverty-free and developed Sonar Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of the Nation, Insha Allah,” she continued.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

JS (Women Reserved Seat) Election (amendment) Bill 2023 passes in Parliament

The Parliament today passed the Jatiya Sangsad (Women Reserved Seat) Election (Amendment) Bill, 2023 with an aim to bring an amendment to the existing law of 2004.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Advocate Anisul Huq moved the bill which was unanimously passed by voice votes in the House here with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudury in the chair.

Piloting the bill, the minister said, the amount of security deposit for contesting in women’s reserved seats of the Jatiya Sangsad has been increased to Taka 20,000 from the existing Taka 10,000.

The amount of security deposit for contesting in general seats of the Jantiya Sangsad is also Taka 20,000, he added.

The draft law also proposed to hold by-polls to women’s reserved seats, if any of the seats becomes vacant, within 90 days like the general seats, which was earlier 45 days, according to the proposed bill.

“The law on women reserve seat is obviously glorious for the women, but it would be more commendable when they [the women community] represent in the parliament after participating in the elections”, said Gano Forum lawmaker Mokabbir Khan of Sylhet-1 constituency while presenting his amendment on the draft law.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha