Nefin ‘flexible’ on nos, name of states

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 19, 2015-

The Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (Nefin) has urged Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Nembang to consider the spirit of the past agreements with the Janajatis while sorting out contentious issues of identity and federalism.

In a memorandum submitted to Nembang at his office on Sunday morning, Nefin have called the CA to federate the state on five basis of identity and four basis of capability.

Nefin office bearers have reiterated that they would support constitution promulgated either through consensus or voting process so long as it ensures the rights of Janajatis, excluded and marginalised communities in the new constitution. Nefin had put similar views with CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli on Sunday.  

“We are flexible on number and name of the states. But the historical, cultural and linguistic factors of the particular region should remain intact while determining the boundaries and naming the states,” said Nefin Chairman Nagendra Kumal, who is also a CA member.

Nembang told the visiting delegation that the CA is determined to ensure the rights of Janajatis, marginalised and other excluded communities in the constitution.

Nefin leaders demanded that the new constitution should adopt mixed electoral system, independent judiciary and mixed governance system and secularism as enshrined in the Interim Constitution and mixed electoral system with a minimum of 60 percent seats through proportional representation.

NC, UML Janajati MPs fume over signature misuse

Dozens of Janajati Constituent Assembly members affiliated with the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-UML have accused the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (Nefin) of misusing their signatures.

In a statement on Monday, a group of 30 CA members claimed the signatures collected at a recent Nefin programme held in the Capital were submitted to prime minister, leaders of the major parties and media to press for single identity-based federalism.

Sherdhan Rai, a CPN-UML lawmaker, said some people with “ill motive were using their signatures for personal benefits”.

Nefin, however, refuted the claims saying the federation had no role in misuse of the signatures. “We also express a serious objection to the misuse of signatures. We want to clarify that Nefin does not have role in misuse of certificate,” Nefin Chairman Nagendra Kumal said in a statement.

Published: 20-01-2015 12:40

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