Kathmandu: Dalit rights activists have demanded that the draft of Federal Civil Services Bill should ensure reservation percentage for Dalits in proportion to their population.
The bill proposes that out of total reserved seats under general quota, 12 per cent will go to Dalits and out of total reserved seats for women 10 per cent seats will go to Dalit women, The HImalayan Times reported on Saturday.
Former chair of the National Dalit Commission Man Bahadur Nepali said Dalits constituted 14 per cent of population and since they had faced the worst caste discrimination for centuries, they should get at least 16 per cent reservation to compensate for the past injustices.
Nepali said the actual population of Dalits could be higher, as many Dalit youths changed their surnames to Khas Arya surnames to save themselves from discrimination in society.
Senior Vice-president of Dalit NGO Federation Bhakta Bishwakarma said the bill’s proposition did not ensure proportional seats to Dalits.