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Constitution Day being marked today

The government is holding a function to mark the fourth anniversary of the Constitution promulgated by an elected body after six decades of political struggle. ‘Constitution Day and National Day-2076’ is being observed throughout the country by organising various programmes today.

On the occasion, a special event is being held at Nepal Army Pavilion in Tundikhel with President Bidya Devi Bhandari as the chief guest. Likewise, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is set to address the function also being attended by Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana, Chairman of National Assembly Ganesh Timilsina, among other high ranking government officials and Members of Parliament.

With the opening of the programme, an aerial display of a banner reading ‘Constitution Day-2076’, balloons and flowers were showered from a helicopter as parts of the celebration. The President released pigeons as a symbol of peace, wishing for peace and stability in the country. Similarly, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Scouts performed march past.

The Constitution, which is the seventh in Nepal, is the first statute drafted by the elected people’s representatives. Nepal shifted to a federal democratic system from a unitary system with the promulgation of the existing constitution.

The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers has directed all the civil servants to attend the constitution day program. PMO directed secretaries of all ministries to ensure participation of civil servants in the special event scheduled for Friday to mark the Constitution Day.

According to a notice issued by the OPMCM, secretaries of the concerned ministries and their subordinates will gather in Singha Durbar and other government offices in Kathmandu, and proceed to the Nepali Army Pavilion at 7:45am on Friday. “Only the employees of ministries will gather in Singha Durbar.

Other civil servants inside the valley will be required to move to Nepali Army Pavilion in Kathmandu,” the notice read. All district coordination committees and local levels have also been directed to celebrate the upcoming Constitution Day with grandeur. Earlier, the main organising committee had urged all governmental and non-government organisations, civil servants and general public to mark the day with much fanfare.

Republicanism, federalism, secularism, proportional inclusion and social justice remain its salient features. The government has announced a public holiday today to mark the day.

A cultural procession featuring attires of different communities of the country will be showcased in the function later today.

 

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