Dang has been declared a donation-free district at the initiative of local businessmen, political parties and stakeholders. The Dang chapter of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry decided that no donations would be given to criminal groups, political parties or their sister wings from now on. They also decided to cooperate with the police in order to resist donation drives.
In earlier discussions, the industrialists had complained of not being able to conduct business owing to the donation terror. They said they were being forced to donate up to Rs 2.5 million to criminal gangs.
The industrialists also demanded that the administration regulate mobile phone services as they were being used to carry out criminal activities. They said the police should be able to retrieve information of users when needed and that satellite technology should be introduced in the district to control criminal activities.
All main markets in the district have received letters demanding huge amounts as donations. Businessman Bharatnath Yogi reported that the Tiger group had decreed that all the transport service providers should pay Rs 10,000 per vehicle and register with their party.