National Human Rights Commission Sudurpaschim Province Office carried out a field inspection of haliya people in Bajura.

According to National Human Rights Commission Sudurpaschim Province Office officer Prakriti Singh, the commission took stock of haliya people's food, health, education and other conditions. Officials from the commission visited Pipaldali of Budhinanda Municipality and held talks with haliya people.

Food First Information and Action Network Nepal Sudurpaschim Coordinator Mukund Rana said that the team consisting of members of the FIAN and commission officials visited the haliya community and held talks with them.

Haliyas were declared free around 14 years ago by the government. "A team from the commission visited our community and held talks with some people. Hope that the commission will help solve our problems," said senior haliya Manbir Luwar.

Luwar said that they had filed the complaint with the human rights Sudurpsachim commission office after their repeated pleas to the government to ensure their right to live fell on deaf ears.

Haliya people have demanded implementation of the five-point agreement signed with them earlier. Commission Information Officer Singh said that her office would report facts about the haliya people to the government.

COVID-19 has caused severe food crisis for haliya people. The plight of haliya children and women is no different. Children can not continue their education beyond primary level for want of fund. Women are facing from diseases such as ulcer, asthma, chest pain and uterus prolapse due to lack of nutritious food and timely treatment.

A version of this article appears in the print on December 19, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.