Pray for Nepal
Nepal, a tiny sovereign landlocked nation sandwiched between giant neighboring countries India and China, officially announced a new constitution on September 20, 2015. After an intense political tussle that paved way for the declaration of this new constitution, hope for a stable government and economic prosperity among Nepalese emerged.
However, with the ongoing Terai unrest and the subsequent trade blockade imposed by India, hope for a stable government was shattered. Since Nepal shares a border with India in three directions, East, West and South, this blockade has greatly affected the daily lives of Nepali citizens.
Currently, there is a shortage of basic necessities in the country, including petroleum products, gas and medicine among others. Only around 10- to 15- percent of vehicles are running in the streets because of the severe scarcity of petroleum products, which has even caused some to take advantage of the situation. The standard price of petrol is around NPR 104 per liter, but people are willing to pay as high as NPR 700 per liter. The amount of petrol is, however, still not enough to meet the needs of everyone. International airlines, meanwhile, have been asked to refuel gas in other ports.
Schools and colleges have closed as well, since school administrators are not in a position to provide transportation facility and since there are only few public transportation vehicles available. Similarly, most restaurants have also closed because of the shortage of petroleum gas, greatly damaging the country’s tourism industry.
The entire manufacturing industry, including the health sector, has also been affected by the crisis, since most of them are running out of basic supplies and need fuel to keep their business running. Our own Export Assistance Program suppliers are also having a tough time fulfilling their orders on-time because of raw material shortage. Production has been completely halted, and suppliers are eagerly waiting for the removal of the blockade to get back to business and make up for their losses.
Let’s hope everything will be sorted, so everyone can get back to their normal lives soon.
Pray for Nepal!
About the author – Gabish Joshi