Embossed number plate in Nepal is a SCAM!

June 8, 2022

Nepal government signed an agreement with Decatur Tiger IT, a subsidiary of Tiger IT Bangladesh to install the embossed number plates at a massive Rs 4.68 Billion on 30 June 2016.

Madan Pokharel, the head of the Transport Management Office in Ekantakuna of Lalitpur, says his office does not have the capacity to give embossed plates to the registered vehicles by mid-July.

“The maximum number of plates that we can distribute is 100 a day. It’s impossible to do what the department wants us to do,” says Pokharel.

As of June 2022, only 25,000 vehicles have installed embossed number plates and that is why the government is trying to force people to install them within a set time. According to its agreement with Tiger Decatur, the contracted company, the department has to install 2.475 million plates in 16 months. That is an average of 5,000 plates a day.

Even transport offices in Kathmandu kept giving old number plates to the vehicles saying they could not implement the decision of the federal government citing a lack of human resources. Vehicle importers say they also could not implement the decision as it would raise their costs.

After seeing issues, the department increased the number of staff and computers at three offices in Gandaki and Bagmati. But, even then, these offices have not been able to cope with the demand as the government has added nothing (human resources or technology) to other transport offices in these two provinces.

The government does not even have the technology to read the number plates. The department’s vehicle registration system (VRS) still does not recognize the number on the embossed number plates. Due to this, transport officials are handing out traditional registration numbers to even new vehicles.

Perhaps, that is why, in a meeting of the House of Representatives on Monday, Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Thapa demanded the government reconsider the system to distribute expensive and low-quality embossed plates.

Tiger IT Bangladesh and its CEO Ziaur Rahman were blacklisted by the World Bank’s Sanctions Board for ‘collusive, corrupt and disruptive’ practices on a bid for one of its projects in Bangladesh. The company is barred from participating in any other World Bank projects for 9 and a half years, and its CEO Rahman for 6 and a half years.

The important question is HOW and WHY the Nepal government has been selecting Tiger IT Bangladesh despite its horrible history?

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