Today’s meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) has endorsed the Advertisement (Regulatory) Bill-2076 BS here today by a thumping majority.
Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota had presented the Bill in the House today itself.
Responding to the queries raised by the parliamentarians, Minister Banskota said that the new Bill would provide advertisements issued in public interest to all the media proportionally. Banskota clarified that it was false information that government would only provide the advertisements to the media favoring the government. “It was misleading information that government-issued advertisements would be only given to the media glorifying the government. We won’t discriminate among the media.
We will prove it by action,” he pledged. Expressing his confidence that the Bill would ensure transparency regarding which organization spends how much money in advertisement and would curb corruption as well as tax evasion. The Bill relating to the advertisement is first-of-its-kind in Nepal and it also includes proportional advertisement system and clean feed. He informed that the media houses registered with the concerned government agency would be provided incentives.
Pushpa Bhusal, Divya Mani Raj Bhandari and Renuka Gurung among other parliamentarians had raised their concern over the Bill. Likewise, parliamentarian Som Prasad Pandey presented the report of the parliamentary committee for Industry, Commerce and Consumer Welfare Committee on the Industrial Enterprises Bill on the behalf of the Committee’s President Bimal Prasad Shreevastav. The next meeting of the HoR is scheduled for September 4 RSS.