Nepal: The Central ninth meeting of Tharu Journalists Association of Nepal and interaction program with Tharu people’s representatives has been organized. The meeting of the association has decided to hold the fifth central general convention on March 26 and 27 in Nawalpur. The decision was taken at a meeting of the central committee held at Jitpur No. 4 of Banganga Municipality in the district on Saturday.
The meeting has prepared the constitution amendment and draft of the association. The draft submitted by the committee has been discussed and passed by the Central Committee. The association has stated that it will implement the draft constitution after submitting it to the next general convention for approval. According to the draft constitution, there will be a central committee, state committee, and district committee of the association.
Similarly, the central meeting has decided to hold the district branch convention on January 29. The association has branches in 16 districts across the country and has about 500 Tharu journalists, said Santosh Dahit, central chairman of the association. It is said that it has been decided to form the provincial committee of the association on 19 February.
In the meeting, it has been proposed in the draft constitution that the tenure of the working committee of the association be 3 years. Earlier, the term was two years. Accordingly, the meeting has also proposed the criteria for becoming the chairperson of the association, state, and district by working in a working committee for one term.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief of Kapilvastu District Coordinating Committee, Tarawati Tharu, said that the concerned persons or organizations at high level including Tharu people’s representatives should play a positive role in keeping the Tharu journalists active. Stating that it is ironic that journalists are not able to survive by producing, she said that the inability to expand mutual relations with each other is its own weakness. Stating that such shortcomings should be rectified in the coming days, Deputy Chief Tharu also expressed her commitment to helping as much as possible.
Addressing the interaction program on Sunday, Shiv Kumari Tharu, Deputy Chief of Shivraj Municipality, lauded the media and Tharu Journalists’ Association for reaching a dignified position like the Deputy Chief of the municipality. She said that efforts have been made to preserve the Tharu culture, traditions, costumes, and rituals of the Tharu community from the protection of Diuhar Maraiya to the construction of a museum. Stating that it is necessary to produce Tharu journalists to publicize every activity including the history of the Tharu community, Tharu stressed the need to raise the voice of the community through investigative journalism.
The program was addressed by Ram Bihari Tharu, Rishi Ram Tharu, Durga Aryal, Tharu Welfare Association Kapilvastu President Uma Shankar Tharu, and others.
Ram Abatar Chaudhary