Private sector to defy general strike

Private sector to defy general strike

The private sector is planning to defy the 10-day general strike called by CPN-Maoist led 33-party alliance. Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) has formed a committee led by senior vice president Bhaskar Raj Rajkarnikar to foil the bandh called from Monday. The private sector representatives including executives of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN), Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Private and Boarding Schools Organisation Nepal (Pabson) and Higher Secondary Schools Association-Nepal have planned to open their institutions despite the CPN-Maoist led 33-party bandh call. Likewise, speaking at an interaction, here in the valley today, vice president Pradeep Jung Pandey asked the political parties to find alternative to the bandh. "The political parties must shun violent activities that could affect the economy," he said, adding that the parties must commit not to call strike in future. "The people must stand up against such bandh." Economist Chandra Mani Adhikari, on the occasion, also appealed the people to vote for the party that promises not to call bandh. "A day of bandh or general strike will cost the country Rs 3 billion," he said, asking the agitating parties to find alternative to general strike. Likewise, senior economic adviser to the Finance Ministry Dr Chiranjivi Nepal also appealed the people to unite against the strikes that bleeds economy. "General strikes push the country backward," he said, adding that the business fraternity also must be united against the strike. Meanwhile, addressing a programme organised by Kavre Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Banepa, FNCCI president Suraj Vaidya appealed the entrepreneurs to defy bandh. Calling the people to defy the bandh, the government also announced compensation of Rs 25,000 for the damaged vehicles during the general strike.
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