After scrapping bus syndicate, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ragubir Mahaseth has reiterated that government is all set to scrap mini-bus and taxi syndicate in upcoming days in the country.
Speaking at an interaction programmee in Kathmandu on Monday, Mahaseth said, “More than 18 years ago Supreme Court had ordered to scrap syndicate in the nation. Earlier, the governments had failed to implement it. However, this time around we have implemented it. We have already scrapped bus syndicate, now, it’s time to scrap mini-bus and taxi syndicate. We will manage them under company act.”
He also clarified that the tourists and commoners would be able to travel in high-tech buses and government is working accordingly for the same.
“It’s out effort against immoral and unethical practices. We will obviously succeed in our mission. Eventually, the bus entrepreneurs would withdraw their protest and support the government in this effort.” Minister Mahaseth shared.
“After scrapping syndicate system, we have allotted a dead line till fiscal end to entrepreneurs to renew their route permit under the company act. We know it requires time to register under company act,” UML leader Mahaseth clarified.
He also warned that if the entrepreneurs fail to register under company act within three months, the government would be compelled to manage it in alternative ways.
“Government is not going to operate transportation on its own. If the entrepreneurs fail to withdraw their protest then the government would be compelled to think of alternative ways. If required the government would not back off from running transportation in the country.” Minister Mahaseth lamented.
It’s a win-win situation for the entrepreneurs under company act, “As per the company act, employees employment will be ensured, drivers and assistant drivers employment will also be assured. Syndicate is actually benefiting artificial owners.”
He also said, after successfully bringing the entrepreneurs under the company act, the government is preparing to manage dress code for drivers, separate seats for senior citizens and women.
Source: The Himalayan Times