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Speakers says constituition will also ensure Dalit rights

KATHMANDU: Constituent Assembly chairman Subas Nembang has pledged to ensure the rights of the country’s entire Dalit community in the new constitution.

Receiving a 20-point memorandum submitted by the United Dalit Struggle Committee comprising the representatives of the Dalit sister organizations of different political parties at his chamber in Singh Durbar today, he said the government was serious regarding the issues of the Dalit community and such issues would be addressed through the new constitution.

Nembang expressed the confidence that the country would get the new constitution within the stipulated time as the environment for forging consensus on the contentious issues of the constitution is building among the political parties. He added that he would draw the attention of the bodies concerned regarding the demands raised by the committee.

The memorandum, among other things, calls for ensuring the rights of the Dalit community, suffering from discrimination for centuries, in the new constitution and for provision of reservation to this community with additional compensation.

Member of the Struggle Committee and CPN (UML) CA member, Parashuram Ramtel, said the memorandum also calls for further empowering the National Dalit Commission and for dissolving the existing Dalit Commission constituted without the consent of the Dalit sister organizations of all the parties and constituting a new one with a new structure.

Ramtel said the memorandum would also be submitted to the top leaders of the three major parties and to the prime minister. He added that the memorandum demands implementing in an effective way the laws related to racial discrimination and the agreements the government signed with the Dalit committee in the past.

The committee plans to conduct various programmes under different phases May 14 through 27 for getting its demands fulfilled. RSS

Published Date: Thursday, April 19th, 2012 | 01:33 AM

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