KATHMANDU, Nepal- At the time 17 student unions affiliated to various political parties are protesting the fuels’ price hike by Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), all the domestic airline operators have warned of bringing the services to halt if price hike of aviation fuel were not immediately withdrawn.
Accusing the government of raising the price of aviation fuel without any consultation with the officials concerned, the Airlines Operators Association of Nepal has called on the government to annul the decision as soon as possible.
Claiming that NOC has hiked price of aviation fuel to compensate the loss on diesel and kerosene, distressing scores of the passengers and airlines operators, the association has warned of halting aviation services before the Dashain festival issuing a 15-day ultimatum.
The Association has submitted a three-point demand to the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation on Wednesday.
The association has also asked for the evocation of the government policy of raising price of aviation fuel significantly to provide subsidy on diesel, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), according to President of the Association Captain Rameshwore Thapa.
Thapa warned that the association would initially halt the services for two hours a day, followed by half of the day and eventually the whole day if the demands were not fulfilled within two weeks.
It is estimated that nearly 1.50 million Nepalis will be affected due to the government’s policy of providing subsidy on other fuels raising the price of aviation fuel.
NOC on Tuesday had raised the price of aviation fuel from Rs 130 a liter to Rs 137. It had also raised its price last month by Rs 10 from Rs 120.
In the meantime, the representative of 17 student unions and the government are holding the dialogue, Friday noon. A ministerial-level meeting held on Thursday had formed a five-member talk team under Devi Prasad Baral, a member of Nepali Oil Corporation Board of Directors, to address the concerns of agitating student unions.