Govt, backward groups make peace

Kathmandu, March 24:

Representatives of the government and agitating backward community today signed a five-point deal. The aggrieved decided to call off their stir programmes with immediate effect.

Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Janardan Sharma, who led the government talks’ team, and Bharat Prasad Mahato, coordinator, agitating group, signed the deal. As per the accord, the government has promised to give a complete shape to Backward Community Uplift and Development Committee.

A five-member recommendation panel, coordinated by the Peace Ministry, will be formed soon.

It will consist of representatives from the Ministry of Local Development and three members from the agitating group.

It has been decided that Radio Nepal, the state-run radio station, will transmit news in Magahi language soon. All those detained during the community’s protests will also be freed.

The backward groups, in turn, have pledged their commitment to take part in the ongoing peace process.

As many as 35 different communities, including Kushbaha, Kurmi, Kumhar and Muslims, launched a stir last week, putting forth a 10-point charter of demands.