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“Give us jungle to save our people”: Rautes

SALYAN: The near extinct nomadic Raute tribe in mid-western Nepal has demanded that they be allowed to fell trees, saying that they will be finished up without the forests.

At a relief distribution programme organized by the Salyan District Development Committee (DDC), Raute Mukhiya, Main Bahadur Shahi said his people would die if not allowed to fell trees and urged CDO of Salyan, Murari Prasad Sharma to arrange for allowing them to fell trees.

Forty people including Shahi demanded this saying their occupation was in crisis after the community forests did not allow them to fell trees.

He told CDO Sharma that his people will starve if not allowed to cut trees.
Another Raute Bir Bahadur Shahi said they have been begging after not being allowed to cut trees.  “How can we live without begging, if they do to allow cutting trees, as we live by selling our skills?”  They also complained that even the few utensils they made of timber were not sold.

CDO Sharma assured to help them and said the government should run various programmes for protection of the tribe and every one’s common initiative was needed for the same.

Foodstuff and cash were distributed from the DDC’s target class budget.
Sharma distributed 22 quintals of rice and Rautes asked for money to buy goats and Sharma handed over Rs. 15, 000 to them.

The Rautes were happy then. They had come to Kapurkot from Gadapani of Dhanawang including Main Bahadur, Bir Bahadur and Hari Bahadur. Local people had thronged to see them in Kapurkot. RSS

Published Date: Saturday, July 7th, 2012 | 03:37 AM

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