Entrepreneurs have urged the agitating parties to
put an end to bandhs and explore other alternative ways to protest.
Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Nepal Chamber
of Commerce (NCC) and Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) condemned the
bandhs being organised by various groups to pressurise the government to accept
"We condemn the bandhs as it not the right way to protest,” the private
sector organisations said, and called for other ways of protests instead of
bandhs that has restricted people's fundamental rights to profession and
movement, laid down by the constitution.
The private sector has also slammed the government for failing to maintain law
and order and the citizens' right to profession.
"Attacks on free press, ambulance and private vehicles by the indigenous
nationalities is highly condemnable," they said, adding that it is a
violation of basic democratic and property rights.
The private sector has suffered most from the bandhs being called by various
political parties, their sister organisations and ethnic groups. "We
condemn such irresponsible activities,” FNCCI said, adding that a protest in a
democracy is practiced by not disturbing others and it should not be a tool to
pressurise the government.
The regular bandhs have also increased the price of food grains, vegetables and
fruits, affecting the larger mass. "Poor and middle class people have been
trapped in a difficult situation,” said NCC, adding that the price of
vegetables and fruits has increased by up to 40 per cent in Kathmandu following
the frequent bandhs.
According to NCC, frequent bandhs have crippled the country. “Therefore,
political parties, their sister organisations and different ethnic groups must
resolve their problems through talks,” they urged.
The country is losing billions in a day due to bandhs, while industries and
services are being shut down, the CNI said. "The nearly a month-long bandh
in the far west and other parts of country has put pressure on the already
ailing industrial sector that has been unable to compete in the international
market due to rising costs stemming from non-financial causes."
Entrepreneurs have also asked the agitating parties to withdraw bandhs, provide
uninterrupted flow of goods and services across the country along with the
operation of industries and businesses. Economic transformation is not possible
without strong support from political parties, their sister organisations and
ethnic, religious and minority groups, they added.