Nepal Army in business
The government has developed a task force to restart Hetauda Textile Industry in association with the Nepal Army. The Nepal Army argument is appreciable that it wants to produce clothes needed for the Army personnel and also for the local consumer by resuming this already closed factory. Nepal Army wants to utilize the reserve fund with the Nepal Army Welfare Fund. We can assume benefits
from reopening of a textile factory that it will obviously create employment opportunity for several hundred people, it will help to substitute imports of textiles from abroad. However, those people having negative mentality in our society have started to say that the Nepal Army job is not to do business. Is this the path towards prosperity? Yes, on the financial aspects, the Nepal Army image is not clean. How the Army will perform in a transparent manner, it is upto the Nepal Army leadership and if the Nepal Army will also start to run after corruption and commission, the highly respected institution will also be spoiled. Therefore, the Army leadership has to work out seriously for establishing its clean image along with its responsibility towards safeguarding national unity and sovereignty. The other day, industry minister Matroka Yadav wanted to reoperation of the Janakpur Cigarette Factory. In reaction, banner headlines were appeared in broadsheet dailies saying that the government has planned to run cigarette factory by allowing to run medical institutions to the private sector! If so, only the private sector, that too, importing all the raw materials from India and doing just packaging works in Nepal to be allowed to run the cigarette factories? Thousands of local people will get employment if resumed the factory in Janakpur. Also, if encouraged farmers to produce raw tobacco, that will also help the farmers financially. Not to forget, two and a half decades ago, the Janakpur Cigarette Factory was the highest tax-paying factory in the country. The minister had also wished to reopen Gorkha Rubber Factory but the task force formed to study on the condition of the factory reported that reoperation of the factory will not be economically viable. They don't think towards making such projects economically viable, as the Indian monopoly market on tyres will be ended! Not to forget, during the Panchayat days, the factory was exporting Nepali tyres to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka also.