Minister hints army patrol to curb highway strikes

SINDHUPALCHOWAK: Finance Minister Surendra Pandey said that the government might deploy Nepali Army (NA) personnel to curb frequent strikes and bandhs along the highways.

Talking to the local businessmen here at Tatopani border point, Minister Pandey indicated that the government could deploy the NA troops to stop the anarchic activities rife in the country’s highways. He had arrived here to inspect Tatopani Customs Office, in the Nepal-China border today.

According to the minister, the government was considering over the deployment of the NA soldiers along the highways as the country’s financial condition was ruining due to the frequent obstruction of highways.

“The government could deploy the NA personnel in some especial places, depending upon the importance of the highway,” he added.

Mentioning that the country had already been a member of the World Trade Union, the minister said that that the government would work to ease the trade between China and Nepal.

Different business organisations urged the minister to reduce customs charge saying that the business had gone down by 70 per cent due to high estimate of customs in Tatopani checkpoint.

They drew the government’s attention towards solving the problems being faced by entrepreneurs in the Tatopani checkpoint.

Chief of Tatopani Custom Office, Chudamani Devkota, hinted at the reduction of the customs duty at the checkpoint.