They have termed the draft constitution regressive and likened some of its provisions to provisions of the constitution of 2007 and 2047.
The second CA had owned the provisions related to proportional representation and opportunities for the Dalit community in the civil services, constitutional bodies and security agencies.
“The second CA had owned the provisions related to proportional representation of the Dalit community along with additional 3 per cent representation in central, 5 percent in provincial and 10 percent representation in local bodies,” said Biswo Bhakta Dulal of UCPN (Maoist).
But these provisions are not incorporated in the spirit of Dalit movement, decade long Maoist insurgency and the movement of 2062 /063, among others, he said, adding, the draft constitution shows a huge disrespect to the contribution of Dalits.
Apart from prohibiting racial discrimination and untouchability and ensuring equal rights, the demand of the Dalit community for proportional representation in the executive, judiciary and legislature has not been addressed, said Dalit lawmakers while debating on public feedback.
The new constitution should ensure all rights that were agreed upon in the first CA and owned by the second, said NC lawmaker Jeevan Pariyar.
“It is objectionable and we strongly demand that those provisions should be incorporated in the final draft of the new constitution, said Pariyar.
“What is the purpose of the new constitution that does not guarantee empowerment, representation and participation of the Dalit community in public service and other sectors,” said Rem Biswokarma, a civil society member.