NEED OF THE HOUR

Mar 9, 2018-

Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa on Thursday is recorded to have directed Inspector General of Police Prakash Aryal and other senior cops to work and keep changing as per the need of the hour (‘Home Minister Thapa directs Nepal Police to perform innovatively’, February 28, TKP Online). In the present day world, everybody needs money. Doctors need money. Lawyers need money. Religious leaders need money. Persons need money to please their spouses. Leaders need money to measure their successes. But Thapa’s command to the IGP should not be understood as changing as per the monetary need of the hour. It actually means the need to wipe out any belief that police is also corrupt—as most of the agencies of the state are perceived to be. Police personnel must respect the prestige of the great organisation that they belong to by always remembering the need to enforce the law everywhere he/she is posted, directed against those that violate the laws, and starting this belief from home.

- Pragya Ananda, Kathmandu

 

INJUSTICE 

Finance Minister Yubraj Khatiwada is recently reported to have instructed the Department of Customs (DoC) to plug all the loopholes at the customs point by controlling the trend of ‘under-invoicing’ of goods that has been largely distorting the value added tax (VAT) billing enforcement mechanism in the market. Such a trend has resulted in the loss of revenue at various stages of the value addition until the sale of the imported goods to the final buyers. Khatiwada’s findings are not new in the history of the DoC. The buyers in our markets are Nepali citizens, and they buy foreign goods on the hard work of the out-migrants that work long hours to send money back home. That has been the case due to the lack of the National Planning Commission’s plans coming through on implementation to create employment in Nepal (‘South Korea allots 7,000 job quotas for Nepalis in 2019’, March 2, Page 3). By plugging the loopholes at the customs points, these hard working youth would be required to pay more to a government that was never elected by them. And such an injustice would not be logical. Instead of overtaxing foreign goods, the government needs to implement effective policies to create opportunities to bring out youth back home.

- Laxmi Bhakta Manandhar, Kathmandu

 

ABUSE

It can hardly be underestimated what abuse does to our society (‘No more Zainabs’, March 8, Page 7). In any society, it is still a taboo to address what happens behind neighbours’ doors. The idea of ‘live and let live’ seemingly extends into this dark realm as well. I have witnessed it several times: whether it was women being beaten by their husbands or children being smacked for little transgressions. The effect on children is particularly bad, for children tend to emulate their parents’ behaviour later in life. It is sort of a disease that runs in the family. Though violence within a family is bad enough, undigested experiences of violence can explode in the future and impact the society at large. This is why I appeal to everyone that intervention is a must, for the victims and our society.

- Mina Tamang, Kathmandu

 

GOOD JOB

It is indeed good news that the miscreant spreading news about a bandh has been arrested (‘One arrested for spreading rumours about bandh’, March 8, TKP Online). Nepalis face enough hardships without jobless cretins disrupting two days of regular work. It seems that the person had tried to induce a two-day shutdown using social media while using his credentials as part of a political organisation. Such political organisations, if indeed a political organisation would support such malicious behaviour, need to understand that we Nepalis will not stand for intimidation anymore. If the political message is correct, and enough people believe in it, then a simple peaceful protest campaign would win more followers. Disrupting regular life will only cause such organisations to lose the goodwill of the common people. If the political organisation was not involved, then they need to distance themselves away from this miscreant immediately: bad publicity is bad publicity.

- Nikhil Thapa, via e-mail

Published: 09-03-2018 08:25

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