FNCCI moves SC against syndicate system

Kathmandu, August 8:

The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry today filed a case in the Supreme Court against the syndicate system. The syndicate system, queue system and the dial System, regulated by the government, are adversely affecting the quality of the transportation system, said an FNCCI press release.

FNCCI has prayed to the Supreme Court to stop all activities related to the syndicate system and to direct the transport workers not to follow an unsystematic system. The hearing in the case has been fixed for August 10.

Though the present law does not encourage the syndicate system or monopoly of any sort, at some places in Kailali and Rapti in the Far Western Development Region laws are being flagrantly violated.

Due to this, the people engaged in the business sector and the consumers both are suffering as the quantity of daily commodities is getting scarce, said FNCCI.

According to the Transport Management Act 2049 and Public Procurement Act 2063, the syndicate system was scrapped. However, the system is still active in some regions and creating problems for people. Dismayed at the anarchy caused by the syndicate system, the Kailali Chambers of Commerce had forwarded a memorandum to the district administration office on June 29 and also halted loading and unloading work since July 1.

District level commerce departments in the Central Development Region and Far Western Development Region have initiated the protest against the disorganised syndicate system.