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Lawmakers demand removing biased provisions on citizenship bill

2022 Jul 15, 6:27, Kathmandu
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The lawmakers have demanded the removal of biased provisions- different conditions set while conferring citizenship to any person on mother's and father's name.

Taking part in the discussion on the Bill designed to amend the Citizenship Act in the House of Representatives on Thursday, the lawmakers stressed that people in the country must not be left stateless.

Lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa said while conferring a citizenship certificate to any person in the mother's name, there should not be any inquiry in the father's name. The woman having children with no identity of their father should not be hassled in terms of awarding citizenship to such children.

Lawmaker Bimala BK said one can acquire citizenship in the mother's name only when his/her father is not identified, otherwise,  it is illegal for him/her to apply for citizenship. This provision in the bill needs to be wiped out, BK stressed.

Lawmaker Sujita Shakya said none from the country should be deprived of citizenship.

Prem Suwal however said the foreigner marrying a Nepali citizen could be conferred citizenship after 20 years of stay in Nepal and taking a language test.

Bhimsen Das Pradhan viewed the third gender people should be provided citizenship certificates without any hassle or barrier.

The House of Representatives will meet again at 1:00 pm today.


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