Balendra’s letter to E: We do not have the right to fulfill your demand
The Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Balendra Shah, has made it clear that he is not in a position to fulfill the demands raised by the activist. The activist, who has been standing in front of the National Assembly House for 9 days, said this while addressing him through social media.
He called the presence of KP Oli, Baburam Bhattarai, Kamal Thapa, Gagan Thapa, Swarnim Wagle and others as political dishonesty. Shah has warned those who are in the place of making laws not to make mistakes.
We know that you are not controlled by anyone or sponsored by any party. Even if someone says this, we don’t believe it,” said Balen. But for what you are standing for, even if you had given a letter using the right of notice, it would have been received. It is sad that you did not follow that institutional path.
He also said that the election agenda has not been forgotten. I have not forgotten the election agenda and will not forget it. Kathmandu is a metropolis that speaks forever of the poor. I also know which page of the manifesto I have written on which point. That point was not only for the management of a certain person or group, it was a step to eradicate poverty. Some programs have been further refined through the direct study of both the limitations and possibilities of the metropolis. He said.
What did Balen say?
We know that you are not operated by anyone or sponsored by any party. Even if someone says so, we don’t believe it. We do not want to ignore the demands you have raised because you are being manipulated. But for what you are standing for, even if you had given a letter using the right of notice, it would have been received. It is sad that you did not follow that institutional path. Neither of them agreed to talk. Well, there is no malice or importance for that as your wish.
Now let’s get into our thoughts about the footpath and the business on it –
1. Doing business on sidewalks, roads and right of way is illegal. It can be emotional due to compulsion or situational things, but it is not different from illegality as seen by the law.
2. The situation is also different regarding time allocation. Children walk for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening, blind people walk, pregnant women walk, sick people walk. At the same time, it is not impossible for fire incidents to occur. People do not get sick. In such an emergency, sidewalk shops and stalls obstruct. For this reason, the construction materials placed on the road or in the box are also removed. Therefore, the right of walking of 5 million people cannot be violated or put at risk for someone’s construction or for 1000 people. In the last one year, more than 20 percent of the complaints that came to the call center of Kathmandu metropolis, which are about 1000, are all related to the removal of businesses from the footpaths.
3. Not only the Mayor, but also the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers cannot use the current laws to allow public land that looks like an empty place to be traded in any other place than the footpath. Collective market is still being practiced in private lands. Kathmandu together with Nepal government has tried to manage the sidewalk traders in Bhrikuti Mandap. But it did not clear the pavement. Did not solve the problem.
4. Similarly, some lands cannot be given even if we want to. Because, the ownership of the land of the metropolis and the land of the Government of Nepal is different. The right to give and not to give is in different processes and bodies. That is why the metropolis has no right to give or not give government land of Nepal government. To tell the truth, if the metropolis had such land, we would have built a 2-room public toilet there first. The reality is that the metropolis has no land. Ward offices and offices of the metropolis are also rented. One of the places that you have requested has been made squatter for 150 families by the Nepal government for 52 years without compensation. In that place, what kind of ethics will we be allowed to do business?
5. You must have understood that we do not have the right to fulfill your demand on such ground. There is nothing we can change about related issues like the Constitution, Public Roads Act. If that is the case, there may be an argument that the metropolis will turn a blind eye while allowing businesses to do business on the sidewalk. However, if you don’t want to see a metropolis that turns a blind eye to illegal things, it seems that you also want to follow the law.
6. I have not forgotten the election agenda and will not forget it.
Kathmandu is a metropolis that speaks forever of the poor.
I also know which page of the manifesto I have written on which point. That point was not only for the management of a certain person or group, it was a step to eradicate poverty. Some programs have been further refined through the direct study of both the limitations and possibilities of the metropolis. Even now, we say that poverty should be removed from the world, not the poor. That’s why we are creating employment through Shram Bank. We have allocated a budget of more than 100 million to teach the skills that can be obtained from general trainings and can be easily marketed. Last year alone, we arranged scholarships for more than 15,000 students. As soon as the process of 10 percent discount on health is implemented, the right of the poor to receive treatment in 900 beds every day is established. Although there is a lot to do in this way, the sa brought from India and China
We do not think that poverty will be alleviated by selling values on the pavement. Instead, it makes those who are involved in the system and are doing the same business bankrupt. This is also the conclusion that can be reached if the late Prem Prasad Acharya’s struggle is carefully studied. We are moving forward with a policy to organize businesses or products that are made in the country but cannot go to the big market, and generate income of a temporary nature. After the implementation of this policy, the marketing of the goods and services produced in the country will be facilitated in Kathmandu and the related problems will be reduced.
7. And, as far as the argument that KP Oli, Baburam Bhattarai, Kamal Thapa, Gagan Thapa, Swarnim Wagle and others have to attend and meet the legitimate demands, we see political dishonesty. They are in the place of making rules, but have they made clear rules about it? Have you tried that? For cheap popularity, they gave a superficial talk of fulfilling the legitimate demand, but did they distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate demand? They were the ones who made the laws that could not fulfill those legitimate demands. At that time, he wrote a note of dissent against the current legal provisions? If not, they should have explained about that provision. But that was not done. They are also among the people who have the right to amend the legal provisions if they are not correct, have they taken the initiative for that?
Our request is that by demolishing the houses of thousands of Kathmandu residents, taking them over and taking over them, usurping and allowing them to trade and do business with sidewalks and roads, it is not only an injustice to those people, it is also a violation of the law that they cannot be used for purposes other than those for which they were acquired. goes So please stop the agitation and ask them to follow the rules and regulations. Please do not obstruct us in following the law.