Madheshis demand federal political system

August 9, 2006 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment

Madheshis demand federal political system

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KATHMANDU, Aug 5 – Stating that the government continues its discriminatory practices against Madheshis, even after the establishment of democracy, members of Madheshi community have demanded that a federal political system be introduced to bring this trend to a halt.”Despite the massive contribution of the Terai region to the national economy, the government, in its policies and programs, continues to discriminate against the people of the region,” said Ambikesh Jha, General Secretary of Nepal Terai Engineers’ Society, presenting a paper on Saturday. 

He questioned why nearly all road projects for the current fiscal year are in the hill and mountain regions.

Jha demanded introduction of a federal political system, proportionate allocation of budget and other resources, and issuance of citizenship to landless people of Madhesh, to end discrimination against the Madheshis.

He also expressed sadness that the Madheshis are still treated as “second class citizens”.

Also presenting a paper, ecologist Shree Govind Shah said the people of the Terai regions have lower per capita income compared to those living in hill areas. Terai districts have lower primary sector development compared to hill districts, he added.

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