Kathmandu, Nepal, November 25, 2019: The Federation of Contractor's Association Nepal (FCAN), the umbrella organization of Nepalese contractors, has staged a sit-in protest wearing black armbands in front of the Prime Minister's official residence at Baluwatar, Kathmandu on Monday.
The FCAN, which had already put forth their 25-point demands before the government, staged sit-in protest in front of the Prime Minister's official residence alleging the government for not paying heeds towards their genuine demands. It has also alleged the prime minister KP Sharma Oli for not honoring his own commitments to address the demands put forth by the FCAN.
The FCAN has a claim that the government should amend some provisions of the recently-issued Public Procurement Regulations-2076. As the government had added stern provisions like terminating of contract if the contractors failed to accomplish their given task on time, the FCAN has demanded provisions of extending contracts to development projects.
Staging protest is not our willing but compulsion as the government did not respond our demands though government had made commitments in the past, FCAN Chairperson Rabi Singh said.
During the protest, Singh also warned of halting the construction of development projects if their demands were not met. We will compel even to boycott the government biddings process if our demands are not met on time, he said warning that the government will be responsible if their demands were not fulfilled as per the previous understanding.