Nepal | November 21, 2019

Bickering parties call truce

Sabin Chandra Acharya

KATHMANDU: The deepening fuel crisis across the nation has been resolved. A marathon talks, between the representatives of the private petrol pump owners and UCPN-Maoist-aligned workers’ union, ended amicably, with both sides deciding to smoke the peace pipe. The negotiators assured that the supply would return to normalcy from
The Ministry of Labour and Transport brokered today’s talks between the agitating All Nepal Petroleum Workers’ Union (ANPWU) and Nepal Petroleum Dealers’ Association (NPDA). An agreement was signed on the occasion.
ANPWU members had been picketing at all the nine Nepal Oil Corporation depots across the country for one week. They had put forth a 16-point charter of demands to NPDA, the apex body of private petrol pump owners.
As per the accord, NPDA will pay a minimum monthly salary of Rs 4,900 to each employee. It has also agreed to provide appointment letter, Rs 50,000-health insurance — with effect from July 16, 2009 — and an additional insurance cover of Rs 250,000 among other benefits. Saroj Pandey, president, NPDA, heaved a sigh of relief as the compromise formula helped tide over the crisis.
More than 1,700 private petrol pumps, including 108 in the Kathmandu Valley, were shut down due to the agitation.
Saroj Sitaula, treasurer, Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs, said that over 80 per cent public vehicles were off the road since yesterday for want of fuel.
Long-distance bus services to and from the capital were the worst hit. The stir started on November 25.

A version of this article appears in print on December 02, 2009 of The Himalayan Times.

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