22 ministries submit delegated legislation

The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers in Singha Durbar as captured on Friday, October 14, 2016. Photo: RSS

Kathmandu, July 22 Twenty-two ministries, including Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, and eight constitutional bodies have submitted delegated legislation to the office of the parliamentary Delegated Management and Government Assurance Committee.

Chair of the committee Ram Narayan Bidari confirmed that the panel had received delegated legislation of the ministries and constitutional bodies.

On March 24, the committee had directed the ministries and constitutional bodies to submit their delegated legislation within a month. But they failed to do so within the allocated time. Even, Nepal Medical Council and Nepal Telecommunication Authority have been asked to submit their delegated legislation.

Delegated laws incorporate office or institutional rules, regulations and by-laws. Based on the parent laws, ministries or constitutional bodies are entitled to draft delegated legislation. These laws must be under the jurisdiction of the main act endorsed by the Parliament. “The Parliament cannot draft all the required rules, regulations and by-laws to run offices or other government bodies. So, the Parliament has given the authority to prepare delegated legislation to the ministries and other government bodies,” said Bidari, adding that there was a chance of misuse of authority if these laws were not cross checked.

He said his committee would scrutinise all the delegated legislation drafted by the ministries and constitutional bodies before approving them.

Bidari also said even secretaries and ministers didn’t know how many laws they had in their
ministries. So, the committee started inquiry into the delegated legislation and asked the ministries to submit their delegated legislation.

Member of the panel Radheshyam Adhikari said till now they had not gone through the content of  delegated legislation.