The government should consult with the private sector when formulating policy: Senior Vice President Dhakal

3rd Oct, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Oct 03: Senior Vice President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Chandra Prasad Dhakal has said that the industrialists are facing problems as the government is making policy by excluding the private sector. 

He said that the policy should be formulated in consultation with the private sector to solve the problems of the country's industry and business sector. Addressing the second General Assembly of the Jeetpur Simra Municipal Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bara on Saturday, Dhakal claimed that some of the provisions made in the replacement budget brought by the government were not private sector friendly. Dhakal said, "Some of the policies brought by the government through the budget have not helped the private sector but are creating more difficulties for private sector."

Dhakal said that hundreds of containers of Nepali businessmen have been stranded at the border due to the recent arrangements made by the government for the import of plastic sheets. He also urged the government to consult with the concerned parties while formulating any policy related to the private sector. He said, "Since the policy to be formulated by the government has long-term significance, it should be formulated in consultation with the concerned parties, so that the country's industry and business can flourish and also benefit the private sector."

Dhakal said that the government should change its attitude towards the private sector as the private sector is contributing to the work of the government through its social responsibility. "Every entrepreneur is helping the government in its social responsibility, but the government is only discouraging the sector instead of encouraging it," he said.

Dhakal said that the government should be serious in the protection and development of industries in the Birgunj-Pathlaiya Industrial Corridor. He said that it was unfortunate that the state did not pay attention to the development of minimum infrastructure such as roads and sewerage required for the industries of the Birgunj-Pathlaiya corridor, which would contribute significantly to the total revenue of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Ganesh Lath, President of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said that there was always a dispute between the locals and the industrialists as the government did not recognize the Birgunj-Pathlaiya area as an industrial corridor. He complained that the government had to separate the industrial area and the residential area.

Lath said that the government did not appreciate the contribution made by the industry to the country's revenue and employment. The general assembly starting today will elect a new leadership. According to the constitution of the Municipal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Senior Vice President Mohan Sharma Lamichhane will be President while the election process has started for the selection of Senior vice president and other office bearers.