Wednesday, June 8, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Nepal: PM for 'progressive reservation' for Dalit community

Last Updated: Sun, 05.06.11 11:34
PM for 'progressive reservation' for Dalit community

Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal on Saturday expressed his commitment
to ensure reservation for Dalit community in all government bodies,
agencies as well as in educational institutions.

He said reservation for Dalits will not only ensure that the oppressed
and impoverished community have equal participation in national
building, but will also give them opportunity to work for the
upliftment of their own people.

Speaking at a workshop on 'Enforcement of the Declaration of Racial
Discrimination-free nation and National Census, 2011" organised by the
Society for the Liberation of Oppressed Classes of Nepal in the
capital on Sunday to mark the first Day on Elimination of
Untouchability and Racial Discrimination, PM Khanal said that the
right to "progressive reservation" of the Dalit community shall also
be ensured in the new constitution.

The prime minister's remark comes at a time when rights activists say
that racial discrimination and untouchability is still prevalent in
the society despite government's declaration to eliminate such social

They also say that Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability
(Crime and Punishment) Act-2063 B.S. was not implemented yet.

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