We are positive towards demands of differently-abled: Top leaders

Kathmandu, Aug. 6: The top leaders of the four major parties have held discussions on how to have the social and political inclusion of the differently-abled people in the new constitution. The top leaders said they also discussed the demands of the people with disabilities in the context of the ongoing consultations among the parties regarding giving final touches to the preliminary draft of the new constitution.         

The topic of the issues concerning the disabled communities also figured in the discussions in the Wednesday meeting of the Special Committee, apart from the number, nomenclature and delineation of the federal provinces and citizenship issues.

A delegation of the National Federation of the Disabled, Nepal (NFDN) had reached Singha Durbar today to meet the top leaders of the Nepali Congress,

the CPN (UML), the UCPN (Maoist) and the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic) and to draw their attention on the topics to be included in the draft constitution.

In the meeting with the top leaders, the delegation called for including the word ‘disability’ under the topic right to social justice, ensuring the specific representation of the disabled groups in the House of Representatives, the National Assembly, the Province Assembly, the village bodies and to include the word ‘ disability’ in place of the word marginalized.

PM Sushil Koirala said that the top leaders have been holding discussions on the demands put forth by the Federation. “Discussions are on as to how the maximum representation of the people wth disability could be ensured, “ he said.

UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the top leaders had discussed the demands of the disabled community on Wednesday.

UML chairman KP Oli and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Democratic) chair Bijaya Kumar Gachchhadar said they were serious regarding the demands of the disabled people.

Leader of the disabled community Bhojraj Shrestha urged the top leaders to be serious regarding protecting the rights and interests of the disabled community with a population of three million.

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