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Parliamentary committee visits KC

Monday, July 18th, 2016
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A team of 10 Members of Parliament, led by Chair of the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee Sushil Kumar Shrestha , visits Govinda KC at TUTH on Monday. Pic: RSS

A team from the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee of the Parliament met Govinda KC on the ninth day of his fast unto death, and gave its assurance that it would direct the government to implement KC’s demand. The committee members even vowed to discuss KC’s demand in the Parliament.

The group of lawmakers, led by Chairman of the Committee Sushil Kumar Shrestha, went to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) on Monday and stated that it will ask the government to address the demand of KC without delay.

“We will direct the government to address Dr KC’s demand immediately and discuss this issue in Parliament as well,” Shrestha told Nepali Times.

Ten out of the 44 committee members, including lawmakers from Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist-Centre) and Madhesi Forum, went to meet KC who is on his eighth fast unto death. None of the CPN-UML legislators was in the team.

Secretary of CPN-UML Yogesh Bhattarai told Kantipur Daily: “There is a health department in my party to look after this issue and there is no need for me to talk about it. Also this is not the right time for a hunger strike.”

This time, KC — a campaigner for reform of Nepal’s medical sector — has called for the impeachment of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) Chief Lokman Singh Karki, accusing him of meddling in Kathmandu University’s medical entrance exams in May and also protecting the corrupt.

The medical students and resident doctors chanted, “It’s been nine days, why is the government quiet?” when the parliamentary team reached the hospital.


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