Kathmandu, 20 Oct 2014: Legal experts and human rights activists today stressed for incorporating right to food as a fundamental right in the upcoming constitution.
At a programme jointly organized by Nepal Bar Association and Food and Agriculture Organization, speakers called for accommodating the right to food and make it inalienable citing Nepal’s commitment in the international instruments on the same.
Constituent Assembly Chairperson Subash Chandra Nembang said, “We are making efforts to incorporate right to food as a fundamental right and we appeal to all for additional suggestions in this regard.”
NBA Chairman Hari Krishna Karki said that the right must be made inviolable in the new constitution while stressing for arrangement for treatment in case of violation of the right.
Nepal based representative of Food and Agriculture Organization Dr Binod Shah apprised of Nepal’s acquiescence over UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon’s proposal to eradicate food shortage in the world by 2025.
National Human Rights Commission member Sudip Pathak said that debate must be launched for food security management and equal distribution.
On the occasion, Ramesh Dhakal, Joint Secretary at the Office of Prime Minister, presented a document ‘Structure and Relevance of Right to Food in Constitution’. Dhakal said that the state must heed to tackle the problems of nutrition in 42 districts of the country and stressed for equal distribution of food commodities in all sector. He also called for proper prioritization of the issue in the constitution.
In the programme a publication titled ‘Management Structure related to food rights in Nepal and review of jurisprudence’ by advocate Raju Chapagain was released.