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PM pledges to end caste-based discrimination

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has said that legal actions would be taken to those discriminating the people based on caste.

Speaking at a seminar on ‘Sixth Year of Declaration of Untouchability-free Nation: Achievements and Challenges’, the Prime Minister said that implementation of Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability Act-2011 (Offence and Punishment) would help reduce untouchability.

Stressing on the practical implementation of the Act and laws, the Prime Minister pledged that the government was committed to implementing the related laws.

The Prime Minister said, “The efforts of government alone to end the social malpractices like behaving the people less than animal is not sufficient. Political parties, organizations and civil society should be active to this end.”

The Prime Minister said the practice of feeding dogs together but discriminating the ‘Dalits’ was not appropriate at any expense and all should join hands to end such ill practicies

Prime Minister Dr Bhattarai also said that discrimination against Dalits would never come to an end until the Dalits were economically sound.

On the occasion, Chief Secretary Madhav Ghimire said that present government has done vital contribution to empower the Dalits.

Ghimire said, “The Prime Minister has worked with due interest to empower the Dalits by forming an Advisory Committee and National Directive Committee to oversee the issues related to Dalit communities.”

Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Kedarnath Upadhyay asked the political parties to play leading roles to end the malpractices of discrimination.

Also speaking on the occasion, Chairwoman of the National Women’s Commission, Shekh Chandtara stressed on positive discrimination to empower the people of Dalit communities. RSS

Published Date: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 | 01:57 AM

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