State Affair and Good Governance Committee Directs the Government not to Implement Country’s Name as Just ‘Nepal’

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Nov 9, 2020/Kathmandu-
State Affairs and Good Governance Committee of the lower house directs the government not to implement it’s decision to use Nepal alone as the official name of the country.

The Government had decided on September 27 to write Nepal instead of Federal Democratic Republic Nepal as just Nepal alone as the country’s official name.

It is Federal Democratic Republic Nepal, not just Nepal, parliamentary committee said on Monday.

Amid controversy, about the name of the country the parliamentary committee had invited the prime minister to speak over the matter.

However, the discussion was instead joined by the Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali.

Minister Gyawali clarified that the Federal Democratic Republic Nepal was the form of governance and the cabinet had decided to write Nepal to ensure uniformity.

“Since the September 27 cabinet decision itself clarifies that the country’s name is Federal Demcoratic Republic Nepal the committee directs the government not to implement its decision to change it to ‘Nepal’ for now,” said Sashi Shrestha, Chairperson of the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee.

Chairperson Shrestha also mentioned that the issue could be instead raised in the parliament and not just through the cabinet.

“Instead of ‘Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal’ referred to as the official name of Nepal in some of the government documents and in diplomatic correspondences, ‘N-E-P-A-L’ shall be written now onwards,” reads the circular of the Law Ministry of Oct 14.

Keeping their view on the occasion, NCP parliamentarians Pampha Bhusal, Rekha Sharma and Yeshoda Subedi Gurung also said that the move was inappropriate and cabinet alone could not take the decision.

Also, lawmaker of Janata Samajbadi Party Rajendra Shrestha said the government’s move to change the existing name was suspicious.

The name ‘issue’ has raised questions from different arenas of the intellectual society and political parties in the country.