HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
BAJURA: Haliya community of the district today picketed the District Administration Office demanding the provision of food, shelter and clothes without any further delay.
Earlier, they had even submitted a memorandum to the government through the DAO. They have been staging phase wise protest programmes as bonded labour has not been abolished in the district even after the government has declared ‘haliyas-free’.
According to the District Haliya Society, there are more than 1,700 haliyas in the district but the government has identified only 1,018.
Society chairperson Pratape Aauti said that they have forwarded a five-point-demand – the government should provide identity cards to the remaining haliyas, to implement the agreement reached between the government and haliyas, to take the initiative to reestablish haliyas among others – to the government.
They warned that they would stage more such protests that if their demands are not addressed by August 14. Aauti said that the haliyas are facing innumerable problems as the government has failed to implement any of the agreements till date.
Haliya Rights activist Tika BK regretted saying that there is no accurate data of the haliya population of the district. “Government had identified the haliyas only from 11 northern VDCs of the district when in fact haliyas are there in all the 27 VDCs,” he added.