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Will accept LLRC report with changes: Madhes-based parties

Madhes-based parties have hinted at accepting the report of the Local Level Restructuring Commission if appropriate changes are made in line to their demands. The regional parties said this during a meeting with a ministerial-level taskforce led by Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Hitraj Panday on Wednesday. The taskforce was formed to resolve row over the proposed demarcation of local boundaries at the political level. 
During a meeting held at the Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development, Madhesi leaders categorically proposed three changes in what they describe as ‘incomplete and biased report’. First, they demanded that the provincial government should be allowed to demarcate the local boundaries. They allege the government is deliberately setting up wrong precedent by passing the jurisdiction of the provincial government. 
Second, they have demanded allocation of local boundaries based in proportion to total population. The Madhes based parties claim that half of the local set-ups should be allocated to 20 districts in the southern plains as it is home to more than half of the country’s total population. Three, they insist that the report should also include autonomous region, special areas and protected region as envisioned in the constitution. The proposed report makes no mention of autonomous region, special areas and protected region although it was in the ToR of the LLRC. 
The Kathmandu Post
16/02/2017

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