By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Oct. 27: Minister for Home Affairs Bal Krishna Khand Tuesday said that the government was committed to implement constitutional provision made on ending caste-based discrimination into practice. Accepting a 15-point declaration paper issued after a two-day national convention held on ‘Ensuring Dalit Rights and the Role of Local Representatives’, Minister Khand said the government was ready to abide by the mandatory constitutional provisions made on ensuring rights to Dalit community into practice.
The declaration paper was submitted by the central committee member of the ruling Nepali Congress Min Bishwakarma to the Home Minister at the Ministry this afternoon. Minister Khand said that important issues pointed out by the national convention would be taken into consideration gradually. Caste itself is not discriminatory but the people’s mindset made it so, he said.
In another context, the Home Minister said the government would provide relief amount to perform the last rites of deceased Ajit Mijar, whose body is currently at the mortuary of TU Teaching Hospital. Home Secretary Tek Narayan Pandey said that no one would be deprived of the services provided by the state just because of being Dalit and poor.
Joint Secretary and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs Phadindra Mani Pokhrel asked to inform the government if any administration office in the district denied issuing citizenship certificate in the name of particular caste, religion and culture. The very first responsibility of the government is to ensure public’s right to live and work towards maintaining coexistence among different religion, caste and culture. Inspector General of Nepal Police Shailesh Thapa Kshetri said that Nepal Police has always been committed to the implementation of the constitution, acts and rules.