KATHAMNDU, Sept 5: A delegation of Federation of Contractors' Association of Nepal (FCAN) met with Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Bir Bahadur Balayar to inform him about problems being faced by contractors.
The delegation led by acting president of the federation, Lakshan Kumar Rana, apprised Minister Balayar of the problems that contractors across the country are facing.
Among others, the delegation requested Balayar to direct Public Procurement Monitoring Office to amend the section and rules of Public Procurement Act. Similarly, it also requested the minister to introduce provision of interest waiver to facilitate contractors for payment of outstanding tax dues.
The delegation also requested Balayar for amendment to Construction Business Act 2055 and Construction Business Regulation 2056 as per the changed context. It also asked the minister to direct the Public Procurement Monitoring Office and other concerned agencies to ensure that Nepali contractors also participate in bidding of mega projects.
It also requested Balayar to direct concerned government bodies not to combine small packages into large contract, saying that such practice has barred small contractors from participating in the bidding process. The delegation also requested to government to review rules for issuing license for contractors, and renew license of 'D' class contractors.
Responding to the delegation, Minister Balayar expressed commitment to address their demands.