Supplies of petro products affected due to tanker drivers’ protest

KATHMANDU: Supplies of petroleum products in the Kathmandu Valley have been hampered due to the protest of the Nepal Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association.

The Association has launched a strike, putting forth a seven-point demand.

According to Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) Executive Director Dr Chandika Prasad Bhatta, they are in touch with the agitating side and a conclusion is expected by tonight.  The dialogue between the two sides has been scheduled today at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, it has been learnt.

The Association said that tanker drivers have been denied the required facilities for a long time and their frequent calls towards that end have remained unaddressed, forcing them to launch the strike.

Appointment letters as ensured by the Labor Act, remunerations as fixed by the government, risk allowance, safety alert training every three months, and their involvement in the social security fund are among the demands put forth by the Association.

The Association said that it had on June 11, sent its appeal to the NOC, warning of the protest programmes if the demands were not addressed by the next few days.

However, the Essential Commodities Control (Authorization) Act, 2017 (1961), has identified petroleum products as essential commodities, prohibiting the obstruction of their supplies meant for general use.



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