Report from Nepal, May 2008

Report from Nepal, May 2008

New Hope is born in Nepal.

The 240-year’s old discredited institution on monarchy will be read only in the pages of history now on after the historic first meeting of the Constitution Assembly CA declared Nepal a Federal Democratic Republic from 28th May, 2008 at 11:20 AM.
Many may not believe their eyes that it demise has come much sooner than they had imagined. This epochal change complete, attention must now be directed to the tasks at hand – to consolidate the gains of the Nepali People’s long struggle for freedom, peace, good governance, development, justice, equity and inclusiveness.
Article 63 (3) (C) of the Interim Constitution has provided for nomination of 26 CA member by the council of ministers, on the basis of consensus, from amongst the prominent persons and there who could not make it to the CA via direct election or proportional representation. The CA will take full shape only after the appointment of 26 members.
The major political parties excluded Persons with Disabilities. Small Political party, CPN (United) has shown big heart and gave big social message having the great sense of inclusion by selecting deaf and transsexual in the CA by PR method. Mr. Raghav Bir Joshi has become focal point and hope of 30 milling PWDs in Nepal. Mr. Raghav is going to be the 1st deaf Member of Parliament in ASIA.
Still we are making strong advocacy to the political parties and government of Nepal to nominate some PWDs on the basis of consensus from amongst the prominent persons and there who could not make it to the CA via direct election or proportional representation.
The result will come within this week.

Similarly, CIL Kathmandu is running its activities smoothly. It has conducted the Independent Living Training for the PWDs at
1. Eastern Part of Nepal – Morang
2. Central Part of Nepal – Makawanpur
3. Western Part of Nepal – Kaski
4. Mid-Western Part of Nepal – Banke
5. Far- Western Part of Nepal – Kailali
With the aim of establishment of 7 IL Centers (in 2008 ) in the different parts of Nepal and 5 IL Center has already established. Barrier free campaigns at International airport and world heritage site of Kathmandu Darbar Square have been completed. Peer counseling, ILP, attendant services, Advocacy program are going on.

Krishna Gautam
CIL-Kathmandu

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