Monday, January 7, 2013

Donation drive hits hoteliers hard

The donation terror has made the hoteliers switch off their cell phones and skip their offices since a couple of weeks.
For the last few weeks, the Mohan Baidhya-led CPN-Maoist and UCPN-Maoist -- that is leading the government -- cadres have been terrorising the entrepreneurs especially hoteliers through their donation drive for their national convention scheduled for January 9 in Kathmandu and first week of February in Hetauda.
The hoteliers have been in a difficult position after both the Maoist factions are competing each other in asking for economic support and accommodation but they neither can go to police to file complaints nor can they deny donation and accommodation, a hotelier said, adding that the forceful donation drive has discouraged them.
Though the letters have not stated specific amount, the CPN-M cadres meet the hoteliers directly asking for donations and accommodation for their seventh national convention.
"Since its a tourist season, we cannot make any show before the guests," another hotelier said.
But a CPN-Maoist leader Ramdip Acharya refuted the claim of terrorising the hoteliers. "We have asked for help but not terrorised," he said, adding that the big hotels have been asked to accommodate four-five of our friends and small ones have been requested to accommodate two-three, according to their capacity.
However, the entrepreneurs have been asking the government to make the donation transparent.

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