Very few Dalits working in NGOs, agencies: Study

Kathmandu, July 30:

People from Dalit communities make up only a mere 3.8 per cent of total recruitment in INGOs, NGOs and bilateral and multilateral agencies, a study revealed. The study, conducted by Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) and Save the Children US, on some 50 organisations also revealed that the absence of Dalit representation is most pronounced among the bilateral and multilateral agencies. It states that the development agencies especially those which promote social justice, poverty alleviation and education for all as well as combat caste discrimination in their works have a moral imperative to lead society with their example. The report has recommended for Dalit recruitment Policy formulation, increasing pool of potential Dalit candidates, reducing workplace discrimination, broader agency program initiatives to improve situation of Dalits and action by Dalit agencies. The report was presented and the workshop on “Increasing Dalit Recruitment in all sectors of Nepal’s economy” organised by the Dalit Welfare Organisation. Hari Gandhari member secretary of National Dalit Commission said of 1825 Dalits recommended for foreign employment government sent only 175. Assistant Minister for Labour and Transport Management Golchhe Sarki said it would be useless to express concern over under representation if we send all the Dalits for foreign employment. “We need to urge the government to provide jobs to all Dalits within the country.”