Govt to put renewal of transporters’ committees on hold in bid to kill cartels

File: A passenger bus in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, April 10

The Nepal government is preparing not to renew registration certificates of transport entrepreneur committees in its fresh bid to end the monopoly of certain organisations on the road and their activities against free and healthy competition in the market.

The government move follows an announcement of transport entrepreneurs that they will launch a protest against the government decision to  issue route permits to all companies and transporters on all routes. Earlier, those willing to operate their buses on certain routes had to get membership of concerned transporter committees.

Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa is preparing to table a proposal for stopping renewal of such committees for now as they are getting registered as nonprofit NGOs, but earn profits. If the proposal is endorsed by the meeting, the transporters’ committees will lose their legal support to carry out any activity.

Earlier last week, 11 transport committees operating buses on the Araniko Highway had launched a strike against their new competitor. However, the government did not pay attention to them, forcing them to resume services without any agreement.

Nonetheless, the transporters have announced a new protest programme yesterday.

Published on April 10th, Tuesday, 2018 12:45 PM

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