Nepal Street Vendors' Union's (NEST) 5th Convention has been concluded during 9-10 August in Kathmandu. Inaugurating the Convention, GEFONT President Bishnu Rimal said that “The State must respect Self Employed Street Vendors as the State is not able to generate the Employment. To vend in footpath is not one’s choice therefore State should manage the Street Vendors and GEFONT is ready to cooperate.”
President also recalled the Struggle of around 20 years to establish Social Security Act. He expected that Social Security Act.will be implemented practically by 2017. Therefore he requested everyone to involve in contribution based Social Security. He further stressed about the importance to aware everyone that even informal workers can be covered by the New Social Security Act.
Meanwhile, President Bishnu Rimal also felicitated NEST Members, who have been elected in recent local level Election.
Likewise, Speaking in the Program Chief Guest Bidhya Sundar Shyakya committed to solve the problems of street vendors for that he expressed willingness to discuss with NEST new leadership. He also informed about his discussion with police force to manage the Night Market.
The Convention has elected 19 Members New Central Committee under the Presidency of Kumar Sapkota. Likewise, tThe Convention has elected Janardan Parajuli and Maya Gurung as vice Presidents ,Raj Kumar Shrestha as General Secretary, Kamala Dahal as Deputy General Secretary and Kamal Acharya and Indra Bahadur Basnet as Secretaries.
Newly elected Committee Members were sworn in by the GEFONT Secretary General Cde. Bishnu Lamsal.During the Ceromony General Secretary conveyed best wishes for successful tenure for Newly Elected Committee & to secure rights of street vendors.
During the programme GEFONT Representatives Chudamani Jangali- Member of Parliament, Janak Chaudhary – Cordinator of GEFONT Province No.3, GEFONT Secretaries- Dinesh Rai, Belimaya ghale, Deepak Paudel, Secretary of GEFONT Province No.3 Ramhari Nepal, and CUPPEC President Naranath Leuitel along with other leaders addressed the Convention. GEFONT.
109 Delegates throughtout the country had participated in the Convention