We Initiated Plans To Uplift Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights of Dhimal Community

The name “Belbari” originates from the abundant bael fruit trees that once flourished here. Covering an area of 132.79 square kilometers, Belbari town has been actively engaged in various aspects of human rights. We had a conversation with Mayor Dil Prasad Rai from Belbari to learn more about their efforts.

Q: What kind of human rights work is being carried out in Belbari?

A: In Belbari, we primarily focus on routine tasks rather than specific human rights initiatives. Our actions are aligned with the directives provided by the central government.

Q: Could you elaborate on the educational initiatives in place?

A: We have implemented special classes for children to enhance the quality of education. Our aim is to improve the educational standards up to the 8th grade. We are introducing English as a medium of instruction and considering developing a curriculum in the local language. Furthermore, we provide midday meals to students and are working towards establishing a school nursing program.

Q: How is the judicial system managed in terms of human rights?

A: We have made efforts to expedite and enhance the efficiency of the judicial committee’s services. For cases that remain unresolved, we have provisions to elevate them to higher authorities. Our judicial committee addresses issues concerning women, children, and senior citizens. To improve its effectiveness, we are focusing on courtroom management and training complaint administrators in basic human rights principles.

Q: Could you provide insight into the support for senior citizens and people with disabilities?

A: Our municipality ensures that social security allowances are easily accessible for senior citizens through banking channels. We provide assistance for disabled individuals within their homes and conduct various campaigns to advocate for disability rights. We are also committed to creating disability-friendly infrastructure and offering support materials. Our policy emphasizes providing identity cards and skill-based programs tailored to the needs of disabled individuals.

Q: Belbari has a significant Dhimal population. What measures are being taken to address their economic, social, and cultural rights?

A: Recognizing the importance of the Dhimal community, we have initiated plans to uplift their economic, social, and cultural rights. This includes preserving the Dhimal language and promoting skill development within the community. In our upcoming municipal council, we intend to formulate policies to further safeguard the rights of the Dhimal population.

Q: Could you outline the municipality’s efforts to ensure citizens’ rights, particularly in terms of healthcare and housing?

A: Our municipality operates a city hospital that provides healthcare services, including health insurance. We are considering the possibility of making the hospital available 24/7. We are focused on improving basic health post facilities and maternal delivery services. Collaborating with provincial and federal governments, we are dedicated to advancing housing programs for economically disadvantaged segments of society, aiming to improve overall living conditions through joint efforts.