Rajamama demands Kusunda province
TANAHUN, May 21: Rajamama, an elder from the minority Kusunda community, has called for a separate federal state for his community.
Rajamama´s demand comes at a time when various communities are clamouring for their own ethnic states as the country prepares to write the new federal constitution.
Talking to media persons, the 70-year-old Rajamama who lives in Dihigaon village at Byasnagar-5 said the Kusundas residing in different places of the country number only 15 or so and their rights should be protected. "The Kusundas should not be neglected considering their minority status," he stressed.
He also said it is the State´s responsibility to protect the Kusunda people who are on the verge of disappearance.
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The National Foundation for the Uplift of Indigenous Nationalities constructed a house for Rajamama on a one ropani property here. He is living in this house with his daughter of four years and his wife. The Byasnagar Municipality has been providing them a monthly allowance of Rs. 500.