Tempo operators postpone strike

KATHMANDU: Supreme Federation of Nepal National Transport Entrepreneurs (SFNNTE) on Saturday said it had postponed their protest programme after Minister for Transport and Labour Management Mohammad Aftab Alam assured them of a dialogue on October 29.

However, the Temp operators said they have not withdrawn their Valley strike.

“We have not withdrawn the protest plan. It has just been postponed for future,” said Ram Kumar Blon, coordinator, ad-hoc struggle committee of the Supreme Federation of Nepal National Transport Entrepreneurs .

The November 5 Valley bandh has been postponed. However, their office-hour sit-in before the Ekantakuna-based Department of Transport Management will, continue as scheduled until Minister Alam returns from Japan.

The LPG-run tempo operators had been demanding a written commitment of the ministry to solve their problem. “The minister promised to guarantee our jobs and to exempt us from paying taxes while importing alternative vehicle,” said Blon.

The transporters have also been promised a compensation, subject to approval of the Finance Ministry.

Blon said they had a meeting with the PM who he said was positive about their demands. SFNNTE has been organising protest programmes ever since the government decided to phase out the LPG-run three wheelers.