Female lawmakers in Delhi on weeklong visit

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KATHMANDU, AUG 08 – A group of 15 female members of the Constituent Assembly representing seven political parties reached the Indian Capital, New Delhi, on Sunday. Invited by the Indian government, they will spend a week there.

The visit was organised as part of an exchange programme for parliamentarians between Nepal and India, the Indian Embassy here said.

The visit is said to provide the CA members an opportunity to interact with their Indian counterparts, senior political leaders, members of Indian media, business and academia and to generate a better understanding of India’s democratic traditions and rapid economic development.

The CA members will visit the Indian Parliament and meet the Speaker of Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition and the Chairman of the newly formed Nepal Friendship Group in Indian parliament.

The female lawmakers will hold discussions with members of Empowerment Committee of the Indian parliament.

They will also participate in interactive sessions on gender-related issues organised by the National Commission for Women and the Indian Council for World Affairs. The CA members will also visit Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka State, and call on the Governor and the Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly as part of their exposure to the federal system of India.

The CA members will visit Delhi Metro, the newly built T3 Terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and the Indian Space Research Organisation in Bengaluru. The Confederation of Indian Industries will organise an interactive session on India-Nepal business relations and hydropower potential of Nepal. They will also visit IT giant Infosys and biotechnology firm Biocon while in Bengaluru. This is the first visit by a delegation of Nepali female CA members to India.

Nepal is one of the few countries in the world with at least 33 % representation of women in their parliament. “This visit is a reflection of India’s abiding commitment to establishment of an inclusive and democratic Nepal and for which India has continued to provide all assistance in accordance with the wishes of the people of Nepal for strengthening the democratic institutions in Nepal,” the Indian Embassy stated.

Amrita Thapa Magar, Renu Dahal and Renu Chand Bhatta from the UCPN (Maoist); Kiran Yadav, Suprabha Ghimire, Pushpa Bhushal and Mohammadi Siddiqui from the Nepali Congress; Lucky Sherpa, Ushakala Rai, Sapna Pradhan Malla and Shanti Devi Adhikary from the CPN (UML); Neelam Verma [MJF(L)], Ramani Ram [TMLP(N)], Surita Shah [MJF(G)] and  Rukmini Chaudhary [FDNF] are on the weeklong visit.

Date:-  2011-08-08

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