Kathmandu: Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has vowed to complete the constitution drafting process within the May 27 deadline.

Talking to the leaders of 17 fringe parties who met the PM at his official residence in Baluwatar to submit a memorandum, he expressed determination of completing the peace and constitution drafting within stipulated time.

In a separate occasion talking to woman journalists the Prime Minister promised to protect the rights of the women journalists working in Nepal, according to sources close to the women journalists.

The women journalists have submitted an 11-point memorandum to the Prime Minister, demanding the guarantee of professional safety and equal representation.

The office bearers of the women journalists body, Sancharika Samuha, and Working Women Journalists met the Prime Ministers residence Baluwatar on Saturday and apprised him of their problems.

Receiving the memorandum, Bhattarai said women journalists themselves should be aware and active to guarantee their rights and well being.

Bhattarai said legal provisions would be devised to address the problems of the women journalists including that of making them permanent to those media persons who were working for long period on contract basis.

Among 8,000 working journalists in Nepal, the women are only 10 percent.

(Agencies)