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Karmajan:

Karmajan refers to the people of traditional occupational castes in Nepal, who have been victims of discrimination imposed by Hindu hierarchical caste system for centuries, and by the law of the land until 2020 B.S. resulting in their socio-economic and political oppressions. The forms of these oppressions are manifold; untouchability has been the most outrageous one. It is said that there are approximately 20% of Nepal’s 23 million population belonging to these castes. Karmajan people are placed on the lowest layer of socio-economic strata in the country today, and they are now called “Dalits” reflecting on their current socio-economic status.

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Depressed class people get the first of their inclusive quota at high level government bureaucracy

Dr. Man Bahadur BK is appointed in the position of a Joint Secretary in the Government of Nepal. With his appointment, marginalised people have received the first of their reserved (inclusive) quota directly at that high level of government bureaucracy in the country. The Public Service Commission announced the results of the recruitment in the inclusive quota recently and has recommended his appointment in the Ministry of General Administration, where his position is originally established..

This appointment should just be the beginning of an era of putting depressed class people in bureaucracy of state’s governance through a series of reservations in every level of government machinery in proportion to Depressed class people’ rightful share of more than 15% of Nepal’s population. Depressed class people are the most excluded segment of the country’s population with respect to their representation in the Government machinery.

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In Nepal, an 1854 survey revealed that 98 percent of all civil service posts were held by “upper-caste” Brahmins and Chetris. Not much has changed well over a century later. A 1991 survey indicates that 93 percent of these posts are still held by upper-caste Brahmins and Chetris.

In Nepal, according to a 2001 study, while Brahmins constitute only 16 percent of the population, they represent 57 percent of parliament and 89 percent of the judiciary.

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