Lawmakers speaking in the 'special hour' of the meeting of the House of Representatives today vociferously protested to the alleged tampering of the marks secured by a university student in final examination to make him eligible for a gold medal.
It is said the marks secured by the student in question were increased in collusion with the employees of the 'confidential section' of the Tribhuvan University, Office of the Controller of Examinations.
Agni Prasad Sapkota expressed concern saying the educational institutions were converting into the places of misconduct and anomalies, referring to the news carried by the press today about the alleged tampering of marks. "What kind of culture is it to add 6 before 9, the marks secured by the student in question, to make it 69 and honouring him with a gold medal," he asked.
The land mafia and the go-betweens can take everyone into their influence. The Tribhuvan University's this incident is similar and this kind of tendency and culture should be strictly and ruthlessly crushed. Otherwise, development and prosperity would remain confined to paper only, he said, calling the serious attention of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology towards this.
Among other issues voiced by the lawmakers drawing the government's attention in the special hour include the incident of chaining an elected lawmaker serving jail during his health treatment at a hospital which showed the discrimination to a campaigner of the Tharuhat movement, the movement against the Guthi Bill and the need for annulling some provisions in the bill that are irrelevant, the issue of the dilapidated condition of the bridge linking the Gandaki state headquarters and the urgent need to reconstruct it, and the issue of scrapping of the advertisement calling for application to various local level posts issued by the Public Service Commission on the grounds of it not being in line with the inclusive principle.
Similarly, lawmakers called on the government to act to address the problem of flooding and inundation caused on the Nepal side by the structures like dams and roads built unilaterally by India close to the Nepal-India border in the southern plains, to desist from working in favour of some businessmen allowing them to construct hotels and resorts and operating safari by destroying forests, to build a Bailey bridge over a river on the road leading to Manang at the earliest and to provide shares of irrigation projects and electricity projects for supporting the income of the people of the Karnali province.
Those expressing their views in the special hour were Min Bahadur Bishwakarma, Ekwal Miya, Rajendra Shrestha, Khagaraj Adhikari, Jip Chhiring Lama, Maheshwar Jung Gahatraj, Gagan Kumar Thapa, Palden Chhopang Gurung and Ram Bahadur Budha.