Nemwang calls for curtailing regular constitution drafting process
KATHMANDU: With the constitution-promulgating deadline approaching near, Chairman of Constituent Assembly (CA) has stressed on the need to take short cut to meet the May 27 deadline.
Speaking at an inaugural session of National Workshop on Dalit issue in Media organized by Jagaran Media Center (JMC) on Saturday in Kathmandu, Nemwang expressed his confidence over timely promulgation of the new constitution.
Referring to the decision of Army Integration Special Committee on Friday, he said, “I am really excited that the political parties made a breakthrough on peace process which they had been talking for long time. This solid decision has made me hopeful and confident on timely constitution.”
Nembwang also applauded the media’s role of bringing the atrocity cases against Dalit to the forefront. “The committee under the Legislative Parliament investigates into the violence against the Dalit and in many cases this have been possible after the media brings this cases forwards,” Nemwang, who is also the Speaker of the Legislative Parliament said.
Likewise, Minister of State for Communication & Information Sarita Shah stressed the need of making the media house inclusive to ensure the Dalit representation in the Media sector.
CA Member Binod Pahadi demanded the representation of Dalit in Press Council and other state institutions related with media. “Non Dalit journalist should also raise the issues of Dalit by relating in with broader social, political and economic issues for the upliftment of Dalit,” Pahadi argued.
Similarly, President of Federation of Nepali Journalist (FNJ) Shiva Gaunle made a commitment to increase the Dalit representation in FNJ, an umbrella organization of Nepali journalists. “Though there is a provision of reservation for Dalit journalists in FNJ, it is not sufficient. I would work towards ensuring more representation on coming days,” Gaunle pledged.
During the national workshop, JMC conferred Amrita Anmol, Laxman Darnal and Tekendra Bashya with its Jagaran National Journalism Award 2068. More than 100 journalists across the country have been participating in the national workshop organized with a motto ‘Media Activism against discrimination’. Chairperson of JMC informed that the national workshop would explore the possible approaches to make the media more dalit friendly.