Govt must be responsible

Nepal has now entered into a new political structure with the three tiers of government in place soon after the completion of three levels of elections. The leftist government at the centre led by Prime Minister KP Oli has recently completed its three months honeymoon period with not much exciting performance.

It has been the most powerful government in Nepal’s political history with almost a two-third majority and is even now joined by the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal.

The recent irresponsible activities of this government, however, have irritated and surprised human rights organisations and civil society, medical professionals and students, opposition parties and common people “NHRC urges govt to save Ganga Maya’s life” (THT, July 3, Page 2).

Ganga Maya Adhikari’s health, who has been on a fast-unto-death for the last 30 days in Bir Hospital, is rapidly deteriorating due to the government’s apathy towards her demand of initiating action against the culprit in accordance with the Supreme Court’s order.

None of the members and officials of the government have visited her so far to express their concern for her health and demand. What a shame on the Oli-led government which boasts for the prosperity of the nation. Dr Govind KC’s health is also deteriorating. He is on his 15th hunger strike in Jumla to protest the government’s ill motive of twisting and turning the Medical Education Ordinance Bill that was, in fact, authenticated by the President during NC-led government “Dr KC’s health deteriorating” (THT, July 3, Page 5).

In fact, this government should have passed the bill as it was to provide health services to common people in every nook and corner of the country as recommended by the high-level Mathema-led commission.

Rai Biren Bangdel, Maharajgunj

Mechanism

This is with reference to the news story “Private schools sign agreement to revise tuition fees” (THT, July 4, Page 2). It is good news that the Private and Boarding Schools’ Organisation Nepal (PABSON) and National Private Boarding and Schools’ Nepal (N-PABSON) have agreed to revise tuition fees if found to have violated the Schools Fee Criteria Directives.

This agreement was reached among the private and boarding schools bodies, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Department of Education, eight students’ unions and guardians’ association. This deal was reached after the eight students’ unions called a three-day nation-wide educational strike to press the private schools to abide by the directives. The main question here is whether or not the private schools will revise the fees they have already hiked?

Have the government, students’ unions and guardians’ association formed a joint monitoring mechanism to ensure that the private schools have rolled back the fee structure and refunded the hiked amount to parents? Without having a strong monitoring mechanism in place the deal will simply fade away as in the past. Regular monitoring is a must.

Dikpal Rana, Kathmandu