Minister flays parties for ignoring Janajatis

Kathmandu, July 31:

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prithvi Subba Gurung today said the parties in the government are not willing to look into problems of the Janajatis through talks.

“The demands being made by indigenous nationalities are easy to solve, but the parties are not willing to do so,” he said, adding that a political will is needed to address the demands.

Gurung was addressing a function here organised by the Democratic Sherpa Association, Nepal.

CPN UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal told the function that the demands of the Janajatis were very “practical and genuine.”

“Janajatis are not demanding big. They only want inclusion and equal representative of all the ethnic groups of the country,” he said, adding that he had submitted the list of the demands to Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala in the presence of Peace and reconstruction minister Ram Chandra Poudel. “The Prime Minister had agreed to meet the demands of the Janajatis but nothing of that sort has happened,” he added.

He said that the nation must be restructured and a federal system brought in.

Nepal, however, said that the government must be careful in judging which demands are genuine and which are not. “Hundreds of other demands will appear if the government meets the unreasonable demands also,” he said.

He also warned that the failure to hold CA polls on time would lead the nation to disaster. “It is obvious that challenges will appear while performing great tasks, but the nation should fight the challenges unitedly and give birth to a new Nepal,” he said.

President of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) Pasang Sherpa said his organisation will take its own course of struggle if the government fails to fulfill the demands by World Indigenous Day that falls on August 9. He, however, said that the federation is yet to decide on whether to boycott the CA polls.