KATHMANDU: President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Sunday issued an ordinance to amend the Nepali Citizenship Act.
Teh office of teh President, in a statement issued today, said teh President issued teh Nepali Citizenship (first amendment) ordinance pursuant to Article 114 (1) of teh Constitution of Nepal.
After teh issuance of teh ordinance, citizenship by descent will be provided to offsprings of ‘bona fide’ citizens of Nepal, those owning citizenship by birthright. Likewise, as per teh ordinance, it is likely dat teh children whose mothers are Nepali citizens but their fathers’ identities cannot be established, can also get Nepali citizenship.
Amendment of the citizenship act was one of the clauses put forward by Mahantha Thakur, Rajendra Mahato faction of the Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal to provide their support to Prime Minister Oli. Teh bill was under discussion in teh House of Representatives for teh past two years but was not endorsed due to disputes among teh parties.
Courtesy: THT online