Tharus demand holiday on Jitiya

Kathmandu, September 25:

Former assistant minister Gopal Dahit today demanded the government declare a public holiday on Jitiya festival- one of the greatest festivals of the Tharu community. “Declaration of a public holiday would show the government’s commitment and respect to the community,” Dahit said while addressing a function organised by Tharu Mahila Samaj (TMS) Nepal to celebrate Jitiya festival here, today. He opposed the comments made by a section of the Tharu community that the community does not need reservation quota. “Comments by few well-off Tharus could ruin the future of a majority of the community, who cannot compete with the rest of the world,” he added.

Chairman of the Raj Parishad Standing Committee Parasu Narayan Chaudhary said Tharu women have played vital role to conserve and promote the rich Tharu culture. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Buddhi Raj Bajracharya said the word Tharu stands for honest and hard-working people. He said the Tharu people should be given special priority for foreign employment. President of the TMS Saraswoti Chaudhary also reiterated the demand raised by Dahit to declare a public holiday on the greatest festival of Tharu women.