Republica National Daily published an article on the total number of bandhs (general strikes) in Nepal in the past five years and it stands at an alarming 1047 days! Their cited source is Nepal Police.
This forced me to think about how many productive days do we really have and at this rate what will happen to the big dreams about eradicating poverty and in the words of few politicians, making Nepal ‘Singapore’ or ‘Switzerland’ in X number of years.
The above picture was drawn up on a back of an envelope calculation. Few notes:
- These are the 37 holidays considered as public holidays in the list.
- I am not adding the average 30 days a year leave one is entitled to as part of current laws and regulations.
- You could say there could have been overlaps of bandhs on Saturdays and public holidays too. It has happened but rather rarely!