Dec 13, 2014-
- The picture of two girls who are crossing the Trishuli on their way to school is indeed a powerful comment on everyone working in the education sector (‘Journey to school,’ December 5, Page 3). Why don’t we just recall the budget allocated for the Ministry of Education and all the departments within it, because they clearly do not seem to be reaching those who need it? We must now evaluate whether the budget for education, increased each year, is utilised properly or not. If the budget had been utilised properly, the two schoolgirls in the picture would not have been in the papers.
It further reflects the hardships faced by children to even get to school. Furthermore, it adds to the widespread discontentment and the sorrow
among Nepali people who have not seen substantial change in their lives in the name of development. Organisations working with not-for-profit motives are mushrooming, but even their work has been unremarkable,
to say the least. There is also a total lack of coordination between government entities and national and international non-governmental institutions working for school sector reform in terms of their curriculum and physical infrastructure.
Arjun Prasad, via email
- It is simply ridiculous that a syndicate of transport entrepreneurs halted transportation demanding a fare hike (‘Industries facing raw material crunch,’ December 11, Money I)? On what grounds are they demanding a hike in transport fare when the price of oil is declining day by day? It saddens me to learn that the production of some food items and poultry feed has been stopped due to the strike.
Who is to be held responsible for halting production? I completely agree with the Birgunj Chamber of Commerce and Industry that a syndicate or a rotation system violates the principle of competition and badly affects entrepreneurs, traders as well as consumers. Are transport entrepreneurs not part of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry too? This makes it very difficult to understand why the Transport Entrepreneurs’ Association is thinking of enforcing a rotation system for operating trucks? How can it be possible to do business by disregarding the very basic principle of market competition?
Can the Chief District Officer not control such illegal activities by giving orders? What are the roles and responsibilities of the concerned Trade and Commerce Ministry and its minister to address this issue?
Dakkal Pandit, Pyuthan
EXPAND THE ROADS
- I would be grateful if your paper highlights road conditions in the interior parts of Kathmandu (‘License to kill, December 12, Page 6). For example, the road in Samakhusi. This road was supposed to be expanded last year itself, but potholes and narrow patches still cover the road from Thamel to Gongabu Chowk. I believe that the road department will not begin road expansion until the end of fiscal year because they have to consume the remaining budget to avoid monitoring by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority. Many political parties live in or around Gongabu, but they have turned deaf ears to the peoples’ plight.
Sitrep Nepal, via email
Published: 14-12-2014 09:43