A group of Tharu community agitating for constitutional recognition of Terai-Madhesh region in southern part of Nepal today started talks with the Maoist-led government, official sources said.
The community led by Tharuhat Joint Struggle Committee (TJSC) had been holding demonstrations in the region for the past ten days demanding implementation of the six-point agreement signed by the Maoist government two months ago.
TJSC chairman Laxman Tharu accepted the invitation from Prime Minister Prachanda-led government and talks have already started at the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction at Singhdurbar in the afternoon, official sources said.
Apart from recognition of Terai-Madhesh region in the interim constitution, the group is also demanding greater representation in the government and separate identity for the community.
Normal lives have been paralysed in most part of Terai districts for the 11th consecutive day due to the strike called by the TJSC.