The more the working class is empowered, the faster the social change will take place: General Secretary Pokharel

Kathmandu: CPN-UML General Secretary, Shankar Pokharel said that the more the prolific force (working class) is empowered, the faster society and the county will change. “The objectives of the CPN-UML is to strengthen the working class”, said Pokharel.

Speaking as a special guest at the planning meeting of member unions (that held their respective National Convention), organized by the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) in Kathmandu, Pokharel said it is essential to strengthening social security.

He claimed that the Nepali Congress is delaying the implementation of the contribution-based social security scheme and that as a result, all workers are suffering.

Because the labor market has been undergoing substantial changes in recent years, he believes it is vital to provide some technical skills to every worker entering the workforce. Even now in Nepal, the emphasis is being laid on general education rather than technical education, which he thinks to change as it fosters productivity.

He pointed out the need to develop the capacity of workers along with alternatives, saying that skilled workers weigh up the options since they possess many and opted to struggle without compromising in the face of injustice. He put forth his perspective saying that the workers should not be solely reliant on employment but should be self-employed when required and create employment for others by acquiring capital and experience.

He stated that it is critical to enhance the productive forces and production relations, as well as to reinforce basic concerns like education and health because now is the moment for workers. Pokharel said: “Only through ensuring employment opportunities can the political system be strengthened; consequently, people in charge of the state must continually pay attention”.

Speaking on the matter of politics during the program, he stated that the path chosen by the CPN-UML is arduous and challenging but not insurmountable. Despite the bid to corner the CPN-UML, he stated that one of the two strands of politics in the country is headed by the CPN-UML, while the other is led by Sher Bahadur Dueba or someone from the coalition, assuming that the CPN-UML will reap the eventual benefit.  “Those who established a front against CPN-UML would be defeated by CPN-UML” added Pokhara.
Due to its unique nature, he said, Nepal's political transition is unlike any other revolution in Europe, the Soviet Union, or China. "The transformation of Nepal has not replaced one ruling class with another; rather, the method of the new ruling has been established by changing the old," he said. "There is a situation in which the leadership of the CPN-UML leads to socialism, whereas the leadership of the Nepali Congress leads to capitalism."

As stated by Pokharel, attempts were made to reinforce capitalism by harboring discord within the leftist in Nepal and Puspa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal stomped on the people’s mandate in order to attain that purpose. He even warned the GEFOTN leadership not to allow anarchism and opportunism to flourish within the organization, calling it extreme right-wing opportunism. According to him, “organizational chaos” will be difficult to deal with, so it is not necessary to associate the trade union leaders and cadres with the interests of the party leadership. He also questioned, “Will the government led by Sher Bahadur Dueba move the county towards socialism?” adding that the work of Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal is unpardonable and intolerable.  

Pokharel, who is also the erstwhile Chief Minister of Lumbini, recollected the significant work executed by the KP Oli-led government as well as his tenure in which a study was being forwarded to take relationship with India differently and evaluate treaties and agreements.

CPNP-UML Deputy General Secretary Bishnu Rimal addressed the program as a special guest. Officials and representatives of GEFONT Central Committees, GEFONT National Committees, and Provincial Committees were participating in the program. Throughout the two-day meeting, the unions drew up their plans through group discussions.

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