Students protest LPG price hike

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 24:

Eight student unions today protested against the price hike of cooking gas at Baber Mahal and held 10 minutes of chakkajam before submitting a memorandum to the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC). The student bodies, in the memorandum, stated that the government has voilated people’s fundamental right to have easy access to such a basic necessity such as cooking gas. Thakur Gaire, general secretary at All Nepal Free Students Union, warned of stronger protests if the government did not withdraw the price hike. “The recent government announcement would only push poor people into deeper poverty.” “Instead of controlling the corruption at the NOC, the government has made a wrong decision of raising the price of cooking gas by Rs 100,” said Kalyan Kumar Gurung, joint general secretary of Nepal Students’ Union addressing a mass at Baber Mahal. The students also demanded transparent financial audit of the NOC. Meanwhile, the students also condemned the proposed University Ordinance

which provides for the King as the Chancellor of all universities. They also freedom of the academic sector from autocratic politics. A youth body affiliated to CPN-UML also organised a protest rally at Indrachowk today to protest the price hike.