Kathmandu: Nepal’s parliament has endorsed the bill to amend its much-awaited Citizenship Act, 2006 through a majority vote, a decisive step that will help grant citizenship to the thousands of children born to naturalised Nepalese citizens.
Nepal home minister Bal Krishna Khand presented the Citizenship Bill (first amendment 2022) in the House of Representatives. Various provisions regarding granting status to foreign women married to Nepali men and children born in Nepal or from a Nepali mother were discussed by lawmakers before it was endorsed. The bill was endorsed in the House through a simple majority.
It will now move to the National Assembly before the president enacts this to become a part of the citizenship law. Once it passes the National Assembly, it will pave the way for thousands of children of parents who got citizenship by birth to acquire citizenship by descent.
All eligible Nepalis born before September 20, 2015, the day when the constitution of Nepal was promulgated, were granted naturalised citizenship, according to the Kathmandu Post newspaper. However, their children haven’t got citizenship in the absence of a law as the constitution said the provision to grant them citizenship would be guided by a federal law, it said. The federal law hasn’t been prepared even seven years after the promulgation of the statue, the report added.