Print Edition - 2014-08-19 | Nation
Dalits put forth 27 demands to CA
Aug 18, 2014-
Nine Dalit organisations affiliated with major political parties on Monday unveiled twenty-seven-point charter of demands to put forward in the Constitution Assembly.
The Joint Political Dalit Struggle Committee, an amalgam of Dalit organizations in the country, has demanded to ensure the political, educational, administrative and judicial rights of Dalit in the new constitution.
They have asked with concerned authorities to form a powerful autonomous and constitutional body named National Dalit Development Council (NDDC) and further empower the existing Dalit Commission. Speaking at a joint press conference in Kathmandu, Dalit leaders urged the concerned authorities to effectively implement the law.
“There should be inclusion of Dalit communities in the state bodies,” said Min Bishwokarma, president of Nepal Dalit Sangh. Dalit activists have also asked the government to treat practice of untouchability and caste-based discrimination as crimes against humanity.
In addition, they have reiterated their demands with stakeholders that it should ensure access to all Dalit students on technical education, and free health services, land and quarter for homeless Dalits, and need to unveil poverty elimination programs intending for these communities. “After major political parties and stakeholders have ignored Dalit issues, we are compelled to once again bring up the issues,” said Tilak Pariyar, co-ordinator of CPN-Maoist affiliated Nepal Rastriya Dalit Mukti Morcha.
Published: 19-08-2014 09:16