Talks on to bring left out Janajatis into CA

Kathmandu, May 17:

Janajati leaders lobbying with parties for the inclusion of 26 marginalised groups in the Constituent Assembly held an informal meeting with a government team today.

Out of 59 Janajati groups listed by the government, 26 groups have no representation in the Constituent Assembly. The cabinet has yet to nominate 26 Constituent Assembly members.

Representatives of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) and the Indigenous Nationalities Joint Struggle Committee had a two-hour talk with Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ram Chandra Poudel, Minister for Information and Communications Krishna Bahadur Mahara, UML leader Bhim Rawal and NC leader Minendra Rijal at the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction.

According to NEFIN president Pasang Sherpa, the Janajati leaders urged the government to nominate a certain number of Constituent Assembly members from the 26 communities

on the basis of recommendation of NEFIN and organisations associated with the 26 communities.

However, the government team said it needed to talk to other parties before reaching any decision on the issue of nomination, Sherpa added.

NEFIN president Sherpa added the government team wanted to finalise the

number of Constituent Assembly members to be picked from the 26 groups as it had to pick some Constituent Assembly members from among intellectuals.

“The meeting concluded with an agreement to meet again after holding consultations with political parties concerned,” he said.

Besides Pasang Sherpa, Dr Om Gurung, Kripasur Sherpa and Dandu Sherpa of the NEFIN and Nagendra Chaudhary, KB Gurung and Nabin Chitrakar of the INJSC took part in the meeting. Members of the civil society Padma Ratna Tuladhar, Sushil Pyakurel and Kanak Mani Dixit and Speaker Subas Nembang were present at the meeting.

Yesterday, Janajati leaders handed over a memorandum to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, demanding representation of the 26 marginalised groups in the Constituent Assembly.

The PM, according to Sherpa, stressed the need to forge a consensus between parties and other organisations to sort out the matter.

KB Gurung of the INJSC said participants of the meeting agreed to pick CA members from the marginalised communities by reaching an agreement.

“Another meeting will be called within a few days. Speaker Nembang will mediate the meeting,” he said.