Kathmandu, June 3 - Political parties on Wednesday inked four major documents --- Common Minimum Programme (CMP), government operating procedures, the structure of the political coordination committee and code of conduct for cabinet members.
One-and-a-half weeks after Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal assumed his office, 22 different political parties that rallied for UML-led government agreed to stand on common ground to run the new government in an effective manner.
The CMP has prioritised to lead the peace process to a logical conclusion by forging a national consensus among the political parties, end impunity and insecurity, and guarantee law and order and good governance.
Except this, parties have agreed to promote rapid economic development translating social-economic transformation into reality, restructure the state and draft the new constitution within the stipulated time and bring out immediate relief programme for people.
"The agreement among the parties to support the government and its working procedure has given a positive message. We will work hard and with honesty to translate these commitments into reality," Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said after signing the documents.
He said that the parties had shouldered heavy loads to go ahead and fulfil their responsibility. "We will act to the best of our ability and experience," PM Nepal added.
He said that the new cabinet would be expanded soon forging consensus among the parties on the division of portfolios. "I would like to urge the parties to cooperate to expand the cabinet forwarding name lists of the cabinet member with consensus," he said.
The CMP pledges to form a high level commission to define, identify and honour martyrs. The commission will be authorized to update martyrs related information.
The CMP has set a priority to end the peace process implementing the past pacts signed between the government and the then agitating groups.
Simlarly, parties have agreed to integrate or rehabilitate the Maoist-affiliated People’s Liberation Army (PLA) before drafting the new constitution. The CMP said that the government would not provide allowance to PLA in a haphazard manner and instead send it to individuals in their personnel account.
Parties also agreed that they would reform the National Peace and Reconstruction Commission, High Level Peace and Reconstitution Commission, State Reconstructing Suggestion Commission and Disappeared Investigation Commission so as to end the peace process in a logical way.
Parties also agreed to form a high level Political Coordination Committee (PCC) to deal with probable disputes among the parties. The committee would also take initiatives to keep the cabinet free from corruption, parties claimed.
The 19-point ‘Code of Conduct’ highlights the need to maintain frugality for reducing government expenses.