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Voice Of The People
Mar 22, 2016-
The most gracious Royal Prince Harry tries his hand at woodwork (‘Harry visits quake-affected areas’, March 21, The Kathmandu Post Online). Years ago he interned in a cattle farm in Africa. His enthusiasm for wood carving and milking the cows should inspire the working-class people in this country, especially the new generation, who shun their traditional business for politics or migrant jobs or asylum abroad.
Besides, his visit to the quake-ravaged country should assure the travel fraternity in the world that Nepal is as ready as ever to welcome them. The prince’s visit to Bardia National Park should firmly put this great destination, aptly fit for royalty, into the world travel map. This royal visit should add more glamour to Banke and Bardia in particular and Nepal in general. The travel traders should now go back to the drawing board and start preparing the sales baits to lure high-end tourists. No longer can they conveniently blame the quake and the blockade for the declining numbers of tourists. Are we capable of taking marketing mileage out of such a grand visit? We would know soon as the tourist season continues till May.
Manohar Shrestha, via email
WORLD WATER DAY
Here comes another World Water Day (WWD). This year too, many programmes are being planned by various organisations (‘Programmes
lined up for World Water Day’, March 16, Page 2). Many non-governmental organisations are involved
in water related projects in Nepal.
The government has its own
machinery to look after the management of drinking water system all over the country.
It is said that half of the world’s workforce (1.5 billion) is engaged in water related sectors. But the workers’ jobs are not fully recognised or protected by basic labour rights. In
Nepal, most of the water related
jobs are focussed in the urban
areas where the availability of fresh water is shrinking due to haphazard urbanisation. Nepal has also been unable to harness its water resources due to lack of political commitment and poor vision.
Many promises were and are being made by the government for providing safe drinking water to the people but they are yet to be fulfilled. Many innocent people die very year due to water-borne diseases. No concrete measure has been taken by the concerned authorities to minimise this. Simply observing WWD once a year does not do much to address many problems in the water sector.
Rai Biren Bangdel, Maharjgunj
Published: 22-03-2016 09:06