Kathmandu, April 18 – The government is all set to stop renewal of the 305 public transport committees which are imposing syndicate in the public transport in the name of social service.
The committees registered as social organizations now have to get registered at the Office of the Company Registrar under the Company Act and recorded at the Department of Transport Management. The committee would not be registered as organizations from the coming fiscal year.
Taking advantage of the political transition, the transport entrepreneurs had decided to give route permit to any new entrepreneur with the recommendation of the Transport Entrepreneurs Federation and the Transport Committees which was given permission by then Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai.
The Federation used to fleece up to Rs 1.1 million from the new transport entrepreneur for operating bus on particular route. If this rule was flouted by operating new vehicle without approval from the Federation, the gang raised by the Federation used to threaten the new entrant and vandalize the vehicles.
Importantly, the bus committees, for being registered as the social organization, never pay tax to the government.
However, Federation Chairman Yogendra Nath Karmacharya said they have announced fresh protest programmes, because the government imposed the decision without holding discussion with the transport entrepreneurs. “No bus committees operate bus on April 25 and 26,” he warned.