Petroleum Tanker Drivers' Association agrees to nullify its protest

KATHMANDU, JUNE 17: The Nepal Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association has decided to withdraw its protest following the signing of a four-point agreement with the government. A meeting between the Association and the Nepal Oil Corporation, held today at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies, ended with the agreement, according to NOC Spokesperson Manoj Thakur.

NOC Board of Directors Chair and Commerce Secretary, Dinesh Kumar Ghimire, was present at the dialogue, while NOC Executive Director Dr. Chandika Prasad Bhatta and Association Chair Ishwor Lama signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.

This development is expected to ease the supply of petroleum products in the Kathmandu Valley, which was hampered by the protest by the Association. The Association had decided to disrupt the supplies on Sunday, putting forth a seven-point demand.

The demands include appointment letters as ensured by the Labour Act, remunerations as fixed by the government, risk allowance, safety alert training every three months, and their involvement in the Social Security Fund, among others.

As per the agreement, a sub-committee is to be formed under the coordination of the NOC Deputy Executive Director to present a report regarding the demands of the Association and other relevant issues within the next 15 days. The committee includes representatives from the Ministry, the Association, the Independent Transport Workers Association of Nepal, and the All Nepal Petroleum Workers' Union.