KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said government was for mainstreaming Muslim community through the education. For the empowerment of the Muslim community, the Muslim children must be given education, he stressed.
At a programme organized by the National Muslim Commission here today, PM Oli said, “Compulsory education, social awareness, entrepreneurship development are equally important for the uplift of this community.”
He made it clear that as the government is composed of the people from diverse community, it respects all equally.
According to him, Nepal Army tasked to construct houses for the storm-hit people in Bara and Parsa would complete the task on time.
The policies and programmes the government brought Friday was aimed at ending hunger, he added.
On the occasion, Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration, Lal Babu Pandit, shared information that the Muslim living in Nepal were living a happy life as compared to those in other countries.
He however said, “Muslims are still backward owing to poverty and lack of education, so the Commission should make proposal to empower this community.”
Similarly, State-2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut said Muslim community was still behind to educate girl children. In all indexes, Muslims are even behind Dalits. He blamed that federal government did not recognize mosque and madarsa education which resulted in low level of literacy.
The Chef Minister also complained that even the census data on Muslim community were wrong. He also shared some positive schemes to encourage girls children to join schools. According to him, a bill on formation of madarsa board was tabled in the parliament.
Chief Minister Raut expressed his dissatisfaction over the government’s removing Id and Bakar Id, the festivals of the Muslim community, from the list of public holiday while retaining the Ghodejatra as a public holiday.
Commission chair, Samim Miyan Ansari complained that the Muslim community has not got the reservation quota with special rights in the civil service and other facilities as the women and dalits have been getting. He also demanded that Id should be declared a national holiday.
Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya said the time has come to think about birth control measures in the Muslim community as this community has rapid rate of population increase compared to other communities.
Commission secretary Shambhu Bahadur Khadka said works are being done in favour of the rights and interests of the Muslim community which has a population of 1.2 million or 4.4 per cent of the total population of the country as per the 2011 national census. RSS
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