Constitution Day is celebrated today

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Then-president Dr Ram Baran Mahat (left) promulgated the Constitution in September 2015. Constituent Assembly Speaker Subash Nemwang is also seen. (File photo)

KATMANDU: Constitution Day – Ashoj 3- is observed by organizing various programs across the country today.

The Day marks the promulgation of the constitution drafted by the representatives of the people through the Constituent Assembly on 3 Ashoj, 2072BS.

This constitution is the seventh written constitution of Nepal which aims to establish socialism through the socio-economic and cultural rights of citizens.

It is of particular importance because it was promulgated by the Constituent Assembly on the basis of the Second Popular Movement, the Peace Agreement and the Peace Process.

The peace agreement had been signed earlier between the seven rebel political parties and then the CPN (Maoist).

It is important to note that he formally institutionalized the new system of a federal democratic republic with the abolition of the unitary system and the monarchy.

There are currently seven provinces, 753 local levels and a federal government under the new system which is supposed to provide public service at the citizen’s door.

The day is celebrated from 2 to 4 of Ashoj, according to the decision of the government, with illuminations in the country and in Nepalese embassies and missions abroad.

It is the seventh day of the Constitution. A main celebratory committee has been formed under the coordination of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to mark Constitution Day.

A special function is being organized at the army pavilion in Tundikhel this morning. The constitution promulgated by Nepalese citizens for themselves is gradually adopted by all.

The current government put in place the necessary policies and laws to uphold the constitution as efforts were underway to effectively implement federalism in the country.

Previously, the advertising subcommittee under the main organizing committee had already urged all private, community and government media to broadcast and publicize Constitution Day.

The secretary of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and coordinator of the publicity committee, Dr Baikuntha Aryal, explained that the decision was taken on September 8 to call on all Nepalese citizens to keep the national flag in their homes that very day.

Likewise, Nepal Telecommunications sent SMS and congratulatory messages to its subscribers on Constitution Day.

Notice boards will display a congratulatory message the same day. In addition, awareness-raising actions, speeches and debates are organized on this occasion.

Special reports on Constitution Day were published in print and electronic media and special programs were broadcast and televised on the occasion.

Likewise, state media such as Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS), Nepal Television, Radio Nepal and Gorkhapatra Sansthan broadcast special articles, stories, news and commentary on various dimensions of the constitution.

The national charter consists of 35 parts, 308 articles and 9 annexes. Likewise, efforts have been coordinated between the Metropolitan City of Kathmandu and other sub-metropolises as well as at the local level to maintain billboards inside and outside the Kathmandu Valley.

Nepalese Television and Nepalese Radio are broadcasting live the official celebration of Constitution Day to be held at the Army Pavilion at Tundikhel in Kathmandu.

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