Kathmandu. The House of Representatives (HoR) has passed the proposals, with majority votes, presented seeking consideration on Economic Bill-2077 BS and Bill designed to raise National Debt and Bill related to Loan and Collateral (24th amendment)-2077 BS.
Earlier, Minister for Finance, Dr Yubraj Khatiwada, had presented the proposals in the parliament, seeking consideration on the three bills.
Lawmakers—Sanjay Kumar Gautam, Gopal Bahadur Bam, Debendra Raj Kandel, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, Bharat Kumar Shaha, prem Suwal, Gagan Kumar Thapa, Dr Minendra Rijal and Atahar Kamal Musalman, among others had participated in the discussion in principle on these bills.
They suggested not to look at the queries raised by lawmakers from political point of view and implement the decision of court in the context of raising tax and national debt.
Lawmaker Bharat Kumar Shah said, “We are opposition. Raising questions means to make aware. It’s our responsibility.” Responding to queries raised by lawmakers, Finance Minister Khatiwada said that linking the issue of adjustment of tax rate with some individuals and business houses is not right.
He said, “Let’s carry out investigation on the issue if lawmakers think that tax rates have been leaked. Don’t blame without evidence. I am carrying out activities with devotion and transparent manner.”
Meanwhile, the parliament also passed a proposal presented by Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Shivamaya Tumbahangphe, seeking consideration on Bill designed to replace the Ordinance issued to revive existing provisions of Nepal Act.
Similarly, the HoR also passed the condolence motion over the death of former minister of state for Industry, Commerce and Supply, Meghraj Nepali (Nisad). He was elected as state minister from the then Madhesh Samata Party Nepal in 2070 BS.
He died on June 9 at the age of 60. The next meeting of HoR has been scheduled for June 13.