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Failure to disseminate info on statute resulted in crisis: Chief Justice Shrestha

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BHAKTAPUR — Chief Justice Kalyan Shrestha has said that the present issue surfaced because of failure to disseminate true information related to the Constitution to the people immediately after its promulgation.

Chief Justice Shrestha made this comment at a program ‘Role of Media in Enhancing Access to Justice’ jointly organised by the Access to Justice Commission and Constitutional and Judicial Journalists Forum in Bhaktapur on Wednesday evening.

Though the Constitution has enshrined 31 fundamental rights to the people, the beneficiaries were not well informed about the provisions immediately after its promulgation, he said, suggesting the media to disseminate information to the constitutionally-guaranteed rights to the people.

Noting that the promulgation of Constitution was a remarkable achievement, he said the challenge now is to ensure its effective implementation.

Justice is under the reach of only 5 to 10 per cent people, he said, noting that the many significant cases could not come to the door of the court.

He stressed that judges, journalists and lawyers should move ahead together to increase access to justice.

“I would keep the court free from politics and would not allow politics within the court”, CJ Shrestha asserted, adding, “There should be no politicisation in appointing justices. The tendency of keeping the court under political influence should be put to an end.”

The delay in appointment of judges hampered the settlement of cases on time, he added.

The justice has multiple stakeholders, he said, adding that the time has come to form and mobilise volunteers’ groups to villages to increase public trust on court and increase their access to justice.

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RUPANDEHI- The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) Province-5 has expressed discontent on the employees’ adjustment ordinance brought out by the government.

Noting that the employees’ adjustment ordinance was introduced against the common understanding of the employees, the committee on Monday submitted a 12-point memorandum to the federal government through Province-5 Chief Minister and Office of Council of Ministers.

It may be noted that a 22-point common concept was submitted to the government through Chief Secretary of the federal government after holding discussions among national level trade unions of civil service. The discussion was coordinated by the authentic trade union of civil service employees.

The committee has expressed disagreement on the issuance of employees adjustment ordinance-2018 against the share concerns against the shared concept of the employees.

The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) has been insisting on the government to adjust employees as per the Adjustment Act-2074 and immediately enforce the voluntary retirement plan as per the Clause 13 of the Act.

A team headed by Association Province-5 Chairperson Madan Gautam had submitted the memorandum to Secretary of Chief Minister and Council of Minister, Basanta Adhikari.

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