Diverse people, varied opinions

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 19, 2015-

As the Constituent Assembly is gearing up for collecting feedback on the preliminary draft of the new statute, lawmakers have received diverse responses from people across districts. Some of the suggestions on statute draft and hurdles in the process are highlighted below.

Nepali language becomes barrier

BIRATNAGAR: Some locals faced difficulty in understanding the preliminary draft of the new constitution published in Nepali language. Rahana Khatun said many people from her community do not understand Nepali language. She said a few people from her community offered suggestions on the statute. She said even interactions on the matter were held in Nepali language, making the matter worse.

Farmers busy in their farmland

GULARIYA: When lawmakers reached villages in the district with copies of constitution draft, farmers were busy working in their farmland. Sahauddin Gaddhi of Mohammadpur-2 said very few villagers offered feedback on the draft as they are busy planting paddy.

‘City-centred campaign’

BANKE: People in some villages in the district blamed local administration and lawmakers for visiting easily accessible areas such as cities to collect suggestions on the statute draft. CPN-UML activist Ratna Khatri said lawmakers did not conduct door-to-door campaign citing security concerns.

Demand for capital punishment

SARLAHI: People in Hariban in the district have demanded a constitution provision of death penalty for crimes such as rape, narcotics, murder and human trafficking. Local resident Ramesh Bhattarai urged lawmakers to make sure that the new constitution will incorporate such provision to control crimes.

People unaware of statute process

BAJURA: Damber Singh, a teacher at Barabishe, said many people at remote villages in the district are unaware of the campaign to collect feedback on statute draft. “They have nothing to say as the drafts have not reached remote villages,” he said.

Call to abolish ‘untouchability’

KAKADVITTA: People from the Dalit community in Jhapa asked lawmakers to include provisions in the new constitution to abolish untouchability and caste-based discrimination. They said the government should also ensure proportional representation of Dalits in all state mechanisms.

Grand reception for lawmakers

DOLPA: Locals organised a grand reception for lawmakers who reached the district on Sunday morning to collect public feedback on the constitution draft.  The lawmakers were welcomed with garland, vermillion powder and cultural programmes in Dunai.

(With inputs from our district correspondents)]

Published: 20-07-2015 07:54

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