Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

Street vendors declare protests against govt

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Footpath vendors, associated under National Self Employment Trade Association, have announced week long protest programs against the government starting March 13.

Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu Wednesday, they said the government has to provide alternative places for running their shops.

“It is unfair to displace us, from where we are operating, without arranging the alternatives,” said Krishna Pathak, a footpath vendor.

The other demands of the vendors include maintaining peace and order by providing security in business sector, immediately halting displacement plan in the name of road expansion and implementing an earlier agreement signed in 2065 B.S.

“We have already submitted our plea to all municipalities and district administration committees of Kathmandu valley. None of them have heard our problem. That’s why, we have launched this protest program,” said Keshab Achhami, General Secretary of the Association.

As per the protest programs, pamphlets will be distributed to entrepreneurs of all sectors. Similarly, a rally will be taken out with black flags through major places of Kathmandu valley. Office of Kathmandu metropolitan city will be encircled and a mass meeting will be organized at Sundhara after the rally.

Likewise, the district administration offices of Kathmandu valley will be circumvented for two hours. Consultations will be held with political parties and coordination will be established with different organizations to make the protests stronger, said a statement distributed in the press meet.