It is commonly known that Nepal is a country run by middlemen. There are middlemen for every single business that exists out there — traditional matchmakers, regional distributors, politicians as middlemen for international deals, business tycoons as middlemen for COVID vaccine imports, we have it all.
But the average Nepali has to contend with one very specific kind of middleman quite regularly. And that is the middleman of the government redtape. These bichauliyas reign supreme in any kind of government office, and you can’t even raise a finger without passing on money to them.
One might even consider these individuals private government employees; they can speed up supposedly days of work within one short afternoon.
Worst of all is the fact that these middlemen have completely monopolized the entire infrastructure of digital services that the government offers. Want to fill in a simple form to get your new driver’s license? Cough up Rs 200. These fees for simply filling up an online form have been known to go up as high as Rs. 2000 in certain government services.
Little action has been taken to control this large population of no less than vampires from taking advantage of poor citizens. Until now.
Ratopati has reported that 6 middlemen have been arrested from the Sano Bharyang Transport Management Office on the charge of indecent behavior. The six middlemen were apparently found disturbing and annoying fellow citizens with offers of getting their work done sooner.
The Sano Bharyang office is one of the major Transport Management offices in Kathmandu, where people from all around the valley come to get their services. So naturally, these bichauliyas must have been making a pretty penny off of poor citizens every single day. It’s true that most of their suffering arises from the government’s inability to manage the delivery of its services. But these middlemen do not just take advantage of this suffering; they thrive on it.
It’s not too often that we get to hear news that warms our insides these days. But this particular act by the Nepal Police simply brings a smile on our faces!