Kathmandu, Nepal, October 18, 2019: Supreme Court (SC) has on Friday made a landmark directive to the Federal Government not to pay monthly salary to people's representatives at the provincial and local levels.
A joint bench of Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana and Justices Kedar Prasad Chalise, Deep Kumar Karki, Mira Khadka and Hari Krishna Karki issued the ruling stating that paying any salary to the representatives at the local levels across the country contravenes the constitution.
The Apex Court has also mentioned to the Article 227 and Sub-article 8 of 220 of the Constitution of Nepal, which clearly states that the elected representatives would not get monthly salary, not to pay the salary to the elected representatives.
The SC has directed the government to amend the annex of the same constitutional provision, if any provision allows providing salaries to the elected local level representatives.
Going against the constitutional provisions and general practice almost all the local bodies and six out of seven provincial government had been providing salaries to the elected representatives.