HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Nepali Congress today began discussing a 17-page report presented by a committee led by Central Working Committee member Bhim Bahadur Tamang on issues raised by indigenous people in relation to party’s stance in the new constitution.
The report has suggested multiple ethnicity-based federalism, justifiable distribution of state power, resources and rights to the people of all castes, languages, culture and regions. The report obtained by THT has it that the right to self determination is the major basis of democracy, fundamental rights of a person and also the right of a community’s cultural autonomy. “The preemptive right to use, manage and protect natural resources should rest with the indigenous and local communities,” the report says.
The party today also dwelt on another report presented by General Secretary Krishna Prasad Sitaula. The report, which is also obtained by THT, has called for democratic forces to launch a decisive movement to foil the Unified CPN-Maoist’s conspiracy to capture state power.