KATHMANDU: Nepal’s largest party the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has come up with a novel plan of engaging its leaders and cadres in the production and entrepreneurship, which is a new concept in Nepal.
Party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda presented such proposal at the party’s ongoing central committee meeting which is underway since Saturday. According to the proposal, the party aims to involve its leaders and cadres in agriculture, livestock farming, cooperatives and other income generation activities. The party will provide a small grant to cadres for carrying out such activities at grass-root level, Xinhua reported.
The plan, which includes collecting money for running party and providing employment opportunities for cadres facing financial difficulties, sounds new and unique in Nepal.
The party has around 300,000 cadres who fought for the 11-year long insurgency but after the party entered peaceful politics they do not have works.
“The seventh general convention of the party that took place in February 2012 had decided to form a production department. Our cadres will involve in the creative tasks of production,” Maoist spokesperson Agni Sapkota said in a press conference. Sapkota said the party is making a concrete plan about directing the cadres to involve in the production related tasks.
The seventh general convention of UCPN (Maoist) which was taken as a milestone in the party’s history has taken the line of capitalist revolution and gave up the policy of protracted people’s war of revolt. It has already established co-operatives across the country for the purpose of income generation.
Leaders say the party is facing economic problems to manage the cadres and operate the party. There is often blame on the Maoist for forcing the businessman to provide donation to their party. Earlier, the party held discussions with businessman to solicit their views about forming the production department which will be headed by party chairman
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