Nepal Army in busi­ness

People's Review - - COMMENTARY -

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.

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