Call to address janajatis’ issues

Kathmandu, November 29:

The Indigenous Nationalities Joint Struggle Committee (INJSC) has expressed serious concern over the exclusion of issues raised by the indigenous nationalities on November 8 peace accord and other accords.

“The issues being raised by the INJSC should be addressed in an objective manner very soon,” Indra Bahadur Gurung, the INJSC convener, at a press conference organised here today. The INJSC has been calling for restructuring of the state on ethnic, lingual and regional grounds.

It comprises representatives of indigenous people’s organisations affiliated to major political parties of the nation.

Among other things, the INJSC has demanded 50 per cent representation of women in all government agencies, proportionate representation of indigenous nationalities, Dalit, communities of Terai and other neglected communities in the interim parliament.

“The existing demarcation of the constituencies should be revised so as to adjust the territories of ethnic groups, languages and neglected regions.

Publicity campaigns for constituent assembly elections should be launched in all national languages,” Gurung said.