Make public Rayamajhi report, HICC to tell govt

Kathmandu, July 18:

The High-level Intra-party Coordination Committee (HICC) of the ruling eight-party alliance today decided to ask the government to make public the report of the commission led by former Supreme Court justice Krishna Jung Rayamajhi.

The Rayamajhi commission was formed by the government to investigate into cases of human rights violation and misuse of state funds and machinery during the Jana Andolan II by the royal regime. Rights activists, civil society and even some political parties had been demanding that the Rayamajhi Commission’s report be made public.

The HICC meeting, chaired by Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Ram Chandra Poudel, also decided to set criteria for the formation of commissions, including the proposed Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Commission on Restructuring the State on federal lines and high-level committee to monitor the agreements reached earlier among the eight parties.

Poudel said that the meeting agreed to effectively implement all the agreements and understandings reached earlier among the 8-party and that the government would be run according to consensus reached between the alliance partners.

Maoist leader Bhattarai said they agreed to implement the agreements and make the HICC more effective and business-like. Poudel said the second stage of verification of the Maoist combatants would also begin shortly.

Poudel informed that they would hold talks with Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum’s (MJF) leaders on July 25 in Kathmandu. “The two separate committees formed on Monday briefed the HICC about the progress made with the Madhesis and Janajatis,” Poudel said. A HICC member told this daily that MJF president Upendra Yadav met the PM two days ago and expressed the Forum’s willingness to sit for talks.

It is learnt that Yadav submitted 17-point demands, including the provision of proportional representation system in constitution assembly polls, representation of the

Madhesis according to fresh population census and an autonomous status for the Madhes. Yadav is learnt to have assured the PM that other armed Madhesi groups, such as Jwala Singh faction, would also join the peace process if the government reached an agreement with the MJF. The HICC members also took seriously the media reports about the recent meeting of Janbadi Morcha leader Ram Raja Prasad Singh with agitating Madhesi leaders.