Tamankhola, Baglung, Gandaki Province.
An interaction was held with local government and Indigenous Peoples (IPs) on IPs rights and development including localization of the Indigenous Navigator – a set of tools to monitor IPs rights and development.
Jok Lal Budha, Chairperson of Tamankhola Rural Municipally, has presented the local development policies and programs for the development of IPs. He informed that the local government allocated Rs. 200,000 for empowerment of IPs and Rs. 500,000 for language and culture promotional initiatives in this fiscal year.
" We are allocating the budget for the protection of the land portion where copper mining used to be on the territories of Chhantyan IPs and for the establishment of Indigenous museum. The local government is bringing new integrated and inclusive development policy considering the IPs development aspiration", said the chairperson. He encouraged the Indigenous leaders to submit the proposals and applications to the local government with their self- identified development agenda.
Dinesh Kumar Ghale, vice chairperson of LAHURNIP, presented 15th five-year (2019-2024) plan that was developed by the IPs of Nepal to meet their development aspirations. He focused the key provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, constitutional and legal provisions that are concerned with self- determined development and self- determination.
Durga Yamphu clarified what the Indigenous Navigator is and how it works for the development of IPs and encouraged the local government and IPs to use this tool in the local development planning process.
Sanjok Lapha Magar has brought the issues of indigenous language into discussion in the interaction.
The interaction was jointly organized by the local government, LAHURNIP and Chhantyal IPs on 19 January 2021. The elected members of local government, Magar and Chhantyal Indigenous leaders (men, women, youths) and officials of the local government participated in the interaction.