Crushers restart as govt forms study taskforce

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 22, 2014-

Agitating crusher industries, which had been shut for the last 25 days, have resumed operations after a Cabinet meeting on Thursday formed a nine-member taskforce to study the issue.

The taskforce comprising secretaries from five ministries and other stakeholders will hold discussions on crusher industries’ demands and submit a report and recommendations to the government within the next 15 days, according to Umesh Serchan, president of the Federation of Nepalese Crusher Industry Entrepreneurs (FNCIE).

“We are sure the taskforce will come up with a logical conclusion,” said Serchan, adding the crusher industries should be allowed to operate as all of them have acquired licences from the government. “Since the government has also incorporated us in the taskforce, we will be strongly lobbying for our demands.”

Sherchan, however, warned of another agitation if the government does not come up with a viable solution. “On one hand the industries are government licencees, and on the other a heavy investment has been already made in the sector,” he said.

The taskforce led by Industry Secretary Krishna Gyawali includes secretaries of the Ministry of Local Development, Home Ministry, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation and Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. Other members are representatives from FNCCI and FNCIE, and the director general of the Department of Small and Cottage Industries.

Purshottam Regmi, chairman of the Crusher Industry Entrepre-neurs’ Association, Dhading, said they resumed operations after the formation of the taskforce.

The latest standards prevent crusher factories from operating within 500m from highway and river banks, within 100m from high-tension power lines and within 2km from educational institutions, hospitals, religious and cultural sites, places with archaeological importance, security agencies, forest and conservation areas, and densely populated areas.

Published: 23-05-2014 09:02

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