HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Federation of Contractors’ Associations of Nepal (FCAN) –– the umbrella organisation of contractors –– has asked the government to address its demands in the new budget or they will stop all ongoing projects.
Submitting an 18-point demand to prime minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai, FCAN has urged the government to address its demands to enhance the capacity of 14,000 small contractors across the country.
It has also warned of halting all construction work if the government fails to address its demands in the coming budget.
It has asked the government to bring a policy of compulsory participation of Nepali contractors in projects which are carried out under the build–own–operate–transfer model. FCAN said that government should bring a policy to ensure the participation of Nepali contractors in big projects which are often awarded to foreign contractors. The trend of releasing the budget towards the end of the fiscal year has raised many questions regarding the quality of the construction work, it said.
Contractors also urged the government to ease the process of paying taxes. “Contractors have to approach the Inland Revenue Department if there is any error during the e-submission of income,” said FCAN. It has asked the Finance Ministry to amend the provision so that contractors can approach any Inland Revenue Office to correct the technical error. FCAN also demanded the ceiling of the budget to be reduced to Rs 2 million from the existing Rs 6 million for projects carried out by various consumer groups.