Federation of Contractors’ Associations of Nepal (FCAN) has re-elected Rabi Singh as its president for the second consecutive tenure. The election was held recently in Kathmandu.
The recently held 12th general convention of the FCAN re-elected Singh with 765 votes. His closest competitor Nicolas Pandey received 337 votes. For the post of Senior Vice President Aang Dorje Sherpa (AD) has been elected.
Similarly, Ramji Panta was elected associate vice-president while Mohan Prasad Adhikari was elected for Province No 1, Shambhu Thakur for Madhesh Province, Balkrishna Thapa for Bagmati Province, Khemraj Malla for Gandaki Province and Top Bahadur Rayamajhi for Lumbini Province.
Likewise, Ratna Bahadur Khadka Prakash Bahadur Sethi were already elected unopposed as vice-president for Karnali Province and Sudurpaschim Province, respectively, informed FCAN’s press advisor Nirmal Aryal.
Roshan Dahal was elected as general-secretary for the second consecutive term while Niran Shrestha is the treasurer. Santosh Shah has been chosen as assistant-treasurer. A total of 1,185 were cast in the election.
Contractors’ of Nepal who are relatively established today started their profession with their own effort without any help, guidance or training were trying to establish their representative organization before two decades or more. It was very difficult to establish such association during the party-less political system (1960-1990). This sector is contributing around 11 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country after the agriculture, the second largest employer of the country that provides employment opportunity not only to the unemployed but also to the underemployed and to the seasonal workers. Similarly, about 60 per cent of the nation’s development budget is spent through this season. In spite of this, the effort from the government side to this sector was very limited only to extend of classifying the contractors to different classes and renewing their licenses annually.
After the restoration of multiparty democratic political system in 1990 the need of uniting the contractors for their enlistment and developing further professional skills was very much felt among the contractors themselves and accordingly the Contractors’ Associations of Nepal (FCAN) was born in 1990. The objectives and the structure of the association had been felt to extend due to the exposition of the development works & its burden to the Nepalese contractors. With the great enthusiasm of all the Contractors Associations of Nepal to be under a single forum, name and structure of this association has been changed as
Federation of Contractors’ Associations of Nepal (FCAN) was established in 1997. The number of registered contractors in Nepal are said to be 228 (Class A), 282 (Class B), 1158 (Class C) and 10740 (Class D). They all are associated with FCAN.