Print Edition - 2016-03-15 | Oped
Voice Of The People
Mar 15, 2016-
Rule of law!
As we all know, we live in a democracy, and in a democracy, people are at the centre and no one is above the law. However, Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) does not seem to be thinking about the people and is acting as if it is above the law by allowing the infamous privately-owned Birat Petroleum Pvt Ltd to sell petrol at Rs 130 per liter, 31 rupees more than the existing market rate (‘PAC orders MoS to supply clarification’, March 12, Page 1).
NOC’s decision has taken the general people aback as it has come at a time when people are looking forward to getting fuel at normal price, after the lifting of the blockade. The decision proves that nothing has changed substantially in the country despite the change in its system of governance. No matter what the form of governance is, it is the general people in Nepal who have to suffer due to irresponsible and corrupt authorities.
Such an anti-people decision by a state-owned company has raised a serious question: If a state-owned company breaches rules so blatantly, what can the general people expect from the government and the
Rupak R Khanal, via email
That the Mahanagar Transport Pvt Ltd launching first-of-its-kind luxurious and hi-tech city buses in Kathmandu offering transportation service around Ring Road is
welcome (‘Mahanagar Yatayat rolls out 39 buses for Ring Road’, March 14, Page 2). Hopefully the buses will run very smoothly without any strikes, which affect the citizens in multiple ways.
However, water is the most basic need of all human beings, and the city should give greater priority to it. The citizens of the mega city urgently need a guarantee of safe and plenty of running water in every household. KMC should immediately convene an international conference of experts aiming at full conservation of rainwater so as to end the scarcity of drinking water and solve the problem of depletion of the under-ground water resources permanently through scientific management of the sewage system without polluting the rivers.
R. Manandhar, Kathmandu
Published: 15-03-2016 08:57