KATHMANDU: Thirteen student unions aligned to different political parties have staged demonstrations over petroleum price hike, in front of the different government colleges, in the capital, on Thursday.
Students were heard ranting slogans against NOC and the government, which instead of giving relief to the Nepali citizens, “ is giving extra financial burden on students and poor public by hiking fuel prices,” one of the protesters said.
They have also provided a 24-hour ultimatum to government to roll back the fuel price hike, threatening to launch a strenuous street protest nationwide from Friday if the government pays no heed.
The state oil monopoly Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) jacked up the prices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (aka cooking gas) by Rs 175 per cylinder and diesel and kerosene by Rs 9 and petrol by Rs 10 per litre. LPG now will cost Rs 1,500 per cylinder while consumers have to pay Rs 115 for one litre of petrol and Rs 85 for one litre of diesel and kerosene.
The hike in petroleum prices at a time when the government and the students were doing homework to provide petroleum products to students and the public at subsidized rates, has boiled student’s anger against government.
Thursday morning meeting of the different student unions has also unveiled their further programmes of protest. They have decided to gherao the NOC on Monday, launch a torch-rally on Tuesday evening, and impose a valley shutdown on Wednesday if government shows deaf ears to them.