CCIA forms ad-hoc committee

Kathmandu, May 22 :

A group of carpet manufacturers has dismissed the executive committee of the Central Carpet Industries Association (CCIA) and formed a new ad-hoc committee under the convenorship of Chakra Bahadur Shrestha.

The 21-member ad-hoc committee today seized the CCIA office at Maitighar and threw away name-plates and -boards of the ousted members including president A G Sherpa. The new committee has accused the ousted president for embezzling CCIA’s fund for supporting the royal regime and suppressing democratic movement. “The whole committee members were in the post illegally for the last two years, though their term was over in January 2004,” said Shrestha. The 13th annual general meeting (AGM) according to the statute of CCIA

was supposed to be held in 2004, but Sherpa deferred it despite repeated requests, he added.

The last AGM of CCIA was held in 2002 and the executive committee led by Sherpa was in the post till yesterday. “We will hold the 13th AGM within next six months and form a new committee,” he said, adding that the new committee will comprise only genuine carpet manufacturers and industrialists.

The past committee misused the CCIA’s fund for publishing King’s photos for unnecessary purposes instead of working in promoting Nepali carpets in the international markets, Shrestha said. Once CCIA had 1,265 registered members, but politicisation and autocratic system within the organisation compelled some carpet manufacturers and exporters to break up and today CCIA has about 250 members.

“The main reason is a closure of about 60 per cent carpet industries in the last one decade and recession in the carpet business globally,” said Ram Bahadur Gurung, member in ad-hoc committee.

He also informed that the new ad-hoc committee will work for the merger of CCIA and Nepal Carpet Exporters Association.