Via an oath ordinance, the government has deleted the words “pratigya garchu,” which means “I swear.”
On May 13, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli declined to say the words “I promise” when taking the oath of office and confidentiality before the President. The Prime Minister had been chastised for refusing to read such words aloud.
Similarly, the ordinance allows the oath-taker to choose his terms ahead of time. The oath-taker must choose between “god,” “country,” and “people,” and inform the President of his decision.
Furthermore, when taking the oath of office, the oath-taker would be required to wear formal attire as prescribed by the government. Wearing dignified attire or dress that represents one’s culture, custom, or identification is, however, appropriate for swearing in.
On Thursday, the President signed an oath-related ordinance.