Constitution and Federalism
A series of idea sharing workshops on issues of constitution and federalism were organized in different levels including local, regional and central. Sharing ideas on federalism amongst national and local scholars, creating conducive environment to promote social and communal harmony and developing capacity of local front-runners/leaders were the major objectives of the workshop. Apart from these, public expectations were collected on the reports of different Committees of the Constituent Assembly.
Renowned experts on federalism were selected as the resource persons who made presentations on vital issues. During the workshop sessions group discussions were held to effectively discuss the subject matter. Those groups held discussions on several issues including the governance structure, possibility of exploitation of natural resources and its distribution, language, culture, minorities, Janajatis and gender issues. The participants were selected in an inclusive manner from profession, gender and ethnic diversity. Mainly, they were selected from among teachers, lecturers, lawyers, journalists and social activists.
The workshop organized in district level was the effort to collect public expectations, their opinions and suggestions on the report of Constitution Assembly as the CA had requested. It was also an effort to create ownership in the new constitution by suggesting the CA to incorporate publication expectations. A final report was handed over the Constituent Assembly incorporating the suggestions and expectations.
Idea Sharing on Federalism, 2008
NEMAF supported by Federalism Support Program – GTZ, Kathmandu organized three regional level workshops on Idea Sharing on Federalism in Biratnagar, the hub for eastern Nepal, Lahan, the origin place of Madhesh Movement 2007 and Janakpur, the place which has staged different democratic movements.
The first 4-day regional level residential workshop was conducted in Biratnagar from 29th August to 1st September, 2008 amongst 31 participants from three districts of eastern Terai. Prof. Dr. Krishna Khanal-NCCS-KTM, Dr Krishna Hachhetu-NCCS-KTM, Dr Pramod Kumar Jha-MMMC-BRT, Mr Puranjan Acharya-BRT and Mr Prashant Jha-KTM had provided their academic services in the workshop. Marielle Mumenthaler, coordinator of FSP had also participated in the workshop on behalf of GTZ- FSP.
The second workshop was of 3-day and was conducted in Lahan from 23rd to 25th October, 2008 amongst 30 participants from three districts of eastern Terai (Siraha, Saptari and Udaypur). Prof. Dr. Krishna Khanal-NCCS-KTM, Dr Krishna Hachhetu-NCCS-KTM, Mr Puranjan Acharya of Biratnagar, Dhirendra Premarshi, Dr. Mahinarayan Chaudhary, Bhola Paswan, Nisha Saha and Madhav Parajuli had provided their academic services in the workshop.
The third workshop was of 3-day and was conducted in Janakpur from 15th to 17th November, 2008 amongst 30 participants from three districts of eastern Terai (Dhanusha, Mahottari and Sarlahi). Prof. Dr. Krishna Khanal-NCCS-KTM, Dr Krishna Hachhetu-NCCS-KTM, Mr Puranjan Acharya of Biratnagar, Mr.Shital Jha and Dr. Bhogendra from Janakpur and Ms.Punam chaudhary, Mr. Bijay Jhunjhunwala and Mr. Sabin Khanal had provided their academic services in the workshop.
Civic Education on Constitutional and Federalism Issues, 2009
After accomplishment of the first phase of programmes, Federalism Support Program – GTZ, Kathmandu supported NEMAF to implement the second phase of programmes in the eight districts of Terai and inner Terai. During the second phase, NEMAF organized four two-day district level workshops on “Civic Education on Constitutional and Federalism Issues”.
The second phase of programmes was organized in Birgunj, Hetauda, Chitwan and Bhairahawa covering Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Makwanpur, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Rupandehi and Kapilvastu districts. The main objective of the workshop was to share the theoretical knowledge about federalism among the local level opinion makers and to discuss and interact on the major constitutional issues of constitution making process.
Each of the four workshops included 40 participants, 20 each from two districts. The first workshop was organized in Birgunj from 17th to 19th September and covered Bara and Parsa districts. Similarly, the second was organized in Hetauda from 8th to 10th October covering Makwanpur and Rautahat districts. Whereas the third (from 15th to 17th October) and the forth (from 26th to 28th October) workshops were organized in Narayangadh and Bhairahawa. The workshop organized at Naraynagadh included the participants from Chitwan and Nawalparasi districts and the participants at Bhairahawa workshop were from Rupandehi and Kapilvastu districts.
The lawyer of Supreme Court, Mr. Dinesh Tripathi and Chair-person of NEMAF, Mr. Tula Narayan Shah were the resource persons for all the workshops.
Local Level Interactions on Draft Reports of the CA Thematic Committees, 2010
Third phase of programmes supported by Federalism Support Program – GTZ, Kathmandu was the continuation of the previous two phases. The main aim of the third phase of the programme was to collect valuable suggestions and views of the local intellectuals and civil society on the four selected thematic reports produced by CA Thematic Committees. The four thematic reports that were selected for the above purpose included the reports prepared by Committee on Fundamental Rights and Directive Principle, Committee for the Restructuring of State and Distribution of State Power, Committee for the Determination of Form of Governance of the State and Committee on Division of Natural Resources, Financial Powers and Revenue.
NEMAF organized four two-day regional level workshops Local Level Interactions on Draft Reports of the CA Thematic Committees. During this phase workshops were organized in Biratnagar, Lahan, Bhairahawa and Birgunj. The workshops were conducted amongst local intellectuals, social workers, journalists, businessman, youths and activists. Each of the four workshops included 30 participants. The first workshop which included the participants from Morang and Sunsari districts was organized in Biratnagar from 11st to 12th May. Similarly, the second was organized in Lahan from 17th to 18th June which covered Saptari and Siraha districts. Whereas the third (from 2nd to 3rd July) and the forth (from 4th to 5th July) workshops were organized in Bhairahawa and Birgunj respectively. The workshops organized at Bhairahawa were conducted amongst the participants from Rupandehi and Kapilvastu districts and the participants at Birgunj workshop were from Bara and Parsa districts.
The main resource person of the programme was Prof. Krishna Khanal. The other resource persons were Senior Advocate Bipulendra Chakrabrati at Biratnagar, Advocate Dinesh Tripathi at Lahan, Dr. Bhogendra Jha at Birgunj and Advocate Rabin Subedi at Bhairahawa.