KATHMANDU, May 15: At a time when diverse aspirations over federal structure being discussed at the political level have spitted the Nepali society, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) has decided to launch Peace and Harmony Campaign across the country in a bid to promote harmony.
The apex body of Nepali private sector has also appealed to all political and ethnic groups to refrain from organizing general strikes and banda that affect people´s life and hurt economy badly.
Instead, it has requested the agitating groups to resort to peaceful protests while fighting for their rights and sit for talks to deal with their issues.
"We respect everyone´s sentiment and aspirations to secure their rights. But strike is not the way to go as it inflicts huge loss on national economy," said FNCCI Senior Vice President Bhaskar Raj Rajkarnikar.
Talking to the press on Tuesday, FNCCI denounced the culture of banda and strike. "We simply can not bear the loss that the present division can inflict on the country," Rajkarnikar stated.
Given the situation, he said FNCCI was soon organizing a campaign across the country to foster harmony among all the communities and also morally convince all to change their ways of protest.
"We will decide what exactly we will do under the campaign after discussing the programs with all the stakeholders," said Rajkarnikar.
FNCCI that held its standing committee´s meeting on the day has assessed that current split seen among different groups in the name of federalism can make disastrous impact on the country. "Hence, the committee has decided to appeal to the government to make special efforts to pacify the agitating groups,” he said.
“We fear the activities witnessed over the past few days could lead to communal violence," said Rajkarnikar, adding that those activities should be stopped immediately and that the government must take some concrete steps in order to maintain peace and harmony in the country.