Traders appeal to shun bandh

Biratnagar, October 7:

Entrepreneurs issuing a press release here have appealed the concerned bandh organisers to shun bandh and protest programmes before Dashain and Tihar festivals. They have been continuously suffering from bandhs that have paralysed life in the eastern region.

“Bandh, strike and chakkajam organised in regular basis in Tarai these days by the political parties or groups to draw government’s attention have hit industries, business, education, health and transport sectors hard,” stated the press release issued here today by acting president of the Morang Trade Association Mahesh Jaju.

“The protest programmes will cripple public life during festivals like Dashain, Ramjan, Tihar and Chhath,” the statement said requesting everyone to make conducive environment as soon as possible for the smooth daily life by maintaining law and order and respecting rule of law at this critical juncture. They also urged government to take serious note of their demands and maintain peace and harmony.

Similarly, Birat Trade Association has also urged withdrawal of the week-long bandh. A press release issued by president of the association Dhruv Dahal stated that strike at the onset of Dasain festival have played down the significance of Nepali culture.

According to our correspondent in Phidim, a meeting of district-based entrepreneurs decided not to cooperate to any protest programmes from now on until they seek prior consent. The meeting organised by Panchhthar Chambers of Commerce and Industry decided to open the market from today.

“Consumers have been hit hard due to the bandh programmes organised by Limbuwan State Council since the last five days,” the press release stated adding that it will affect the Dasain festival.

The bandh programme organised by Limbuwan State Council has disrupted transportation on Ilam-Phidim and Phidim-Taplejung section of Mechi Highway since Monday.