Kathmandu, Aug. 29: Minister for Information and Communications Dr Minendra Rijal has urged the journalists to exert pressure to the political parties through the dissemination of positive messages for timely promulgation of a new constitution.
Addressing an interaction programme on ‘Role of Media in Constitution Drafting Process’ in the capital organized by the Media Advocacy Group today, Minister Rijal said that the media should exert positive pressure to the political parties to complete the constitution drafting process on slated time as it was a long wait and a serious issue of the country.
The contentious issues of the new constitution are nearer to consensus and that is satisfactory, Minister Rijal added.
According to Minister Rijal, political parties are coming closer in the issues of form of governance.
However, parties are in seemingly contradictory position in the number of federal provinces and form of judiciary, but it might be resolved through dialogue, Minister Rijal added.
Likewise, chairman at the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) Dr Mahedra Bista said that the media have been supporting different people’s movements since past and will play positive and decisive roles to materialize the spirit of the change and concluding ongoing peace process.
Similarly, Rohan Idrisinha, International Project Manager at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), urged parties to be conscious of the time frame to promulgate a new constitution on slated time as it is a tough job.
Another speaker, former chair of the FNJ Dharmendra Jha shared that the group imparted the training on role of media in constitution drafting process to 234 journalists from different 31 districts across the country.
Chairwoman at the organizer group, Babita Basnet said that the media should coordinate between lawmakers and locals while the lawmakers go to the locals with a draft of the new constitution.