Eight subject committees have finished discussing their preliminary drafts and concept papers. All the committees were supposed to have finished discussing drafts by November-December. But the Constitutional Council and the State Restructuring and Distribution of State Power committees haven't finished, which may force us to revise the schedule once more.
Will we ever complete the constitution if the schedule is repeatedly revised?
We are determined to finish it. But we have already cut down the time period for public scrutiny of the constitution from three months to one month, and it still doesn't look like we'll write the constitution on time.
Is one reason behind the delay the fact that the CA hasn't got a quorum?
No. We were supposed to discuss the preliminary draft by the Committee on the Distribution of Natural Resources, Financial Rights and Public Revenue, but couldn't because of the Nepal bandh called by the Maoists. However, the parties have agreed that in the future the CA will continue running during bandhs.
How will you reconcile the differences of opinion in the CA and parliament?
We have set up an informal special taskforce to resolve these differences, which will comprise the big three parties, the chief whips, and nine CA members including Radheshyam Adhikari, Agni Kharel and Ekraj Bhandari. The taskforce will also work with the other parties. Currently, the State Restructuring Committee is the biggest mess.
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