KATHMANDU, May 1: Nepali Congress President (NC) Sher Bahadur Deuba has demanded that the government announce relief packages for the workers and small traders hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a message of best wishes on the occasion of the International Workers’ Day on Saturday, the main opposition leader urged the government to come up with better provisions for the control of the infection and the treatment of the infected. According to Deuba, the public health crisis is deepening due to the growing number of infections. The former Prime Minister expressed his concern over the rising death toll from the virus and the shortage of ICU beds, ventilators, and oxygen which are vital for the treatment of infections primarily of serious cases. The government is responsible for the arrival of such an unwanted situation, he claimed.
According to the NC leader, the first and historic labor movement in the country was held in Biratnagar in 2003 BS under the leadership of the NC and the then government had arrested NC leader BP Koirala and other many leaders in a bid to suppress the movement which was the take-off point for the 1951 people’s revolution. Extending greetings to all workers at home on the occasion of the International Workers’ Day which is also known as May Day, the NC president said the party and workers were always there for mutual support and the common good.