Kamaiyas still in the cold
FROM ISSUE #73 (21 DEC 2001 - 27 DEC 2001) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Thousands of kamaiyas, or bonded labourers, who were freed by a government decree about a year-and-half ago are still homeless. Reports from Bardia, Dang, Kailali and Kanchanpur districts suggest that the government may not be able to resettle the kamaiyas by its mid-January deadline. Of the 2,600 kamaiyas who were registered in Bardia, so far only 1,200 have been resettled. However, this number does not include another 1,000 kamaiyas who have applied for government support, but have not been registered by the authorities as genuine claimants. In Banke, the government claims to have almost completed the resettlement of 165 former bonded labourers but the problem in this district is there are over 800 others who claim to be kamaiyas but are not registered by government.