Transporters’ apex body raps FNNTE

Kathmandu, January 5:

Nepal National Transport Entrepreneurs’ Supreme Federation (NNTESF) today objected to some of the demands of the Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs’ (FNNTE).

“We don’t support FNNTE’s points number one, 10 and 19 of its 19-point charter of demands but we agree with other demands and urge the government to fulfill them,” said Vishnu Siwakoti, NNTESF president.

Siwakoti said the call for an indefinite strike by FNNTE contravened the Transportation Management Act 2049. Instead of strike talks should be held, he said. On January 2, FNNTE warned of an indefinite strike of public vehicles from January 12 if its demands were not met within a week .

Siwakoti called for creating a Transportation Development Board through which talks could be held regarding problems faced by transporters. He alleged the Ministry of Labor and Transportation was creating bad blood among transporters.

“The government should give compensation for damaged vehicles and to injured passengers and drivers during protests. Gongabu Bus Park should be well-managed and workers there should get 15 per cent bonus off the total profits earned by the bus park management,”said Siwakoti.

NNTESF also urged for construction of roads at Bagmati, Bishnumati and Dhobikhola to reduce air pollution and traffic jams, provide permanent jobs to transport workers and give them accident insurance.