Govt to open fair price shops across nation
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Sept. 6: The government is preparing to open fair price shops from next week targeting the upcoming Dashain festival.
The consumers will get essential goods at a discounted rate in such shops.
Fair price shops are scheduled to open from September 9 across the country, including the Kathmandu Valley aiming to provide relief to the people by offering essentials goods at discounted rates, said Urmila KC, assistance spokesperson of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies.
The public enterprises- Food Management and Trading Company, Salt Trading Corporation and Dairy Development Corporation- will run integrated fair shops in the coordination of the Ministry, she said.
The Food Management and Trading Company has been formed by merging the Nepal Food Corporation and National Trading Limited recently.
The fair price shops will run until the festival of Chhath. The official inauguration of the fair price shops will be held at the National Trading Limited premises, Kathmandu.
She said that the government was preparing to open fair prices shops in various places outside the Valley in the coordination of the public enterprises and the participation of the private sector.
“But we are yet to decide the places where the fair price shops will locate and the discount rates to be offered by the public enterprises through their outlets during the festival,” she told The Rising Nepal.
Last year, the public enterprises offered a discount of Rs. 5 per kg on rice, Rs. 2 per kg on salt, Rs. 50 per kg on ghee, Rs. 5 per kg on sugar and Rs.10 per kg on live goat at the fair price shops.
She said that the government had discussed with the private sector organisations, including Nepal Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry to run the fair prices shops inside and outside the valley.
The public enterprises are operating the fair price shops in the Kathmandu Valley for the last couple of years during the festival period to provide necessary goods at reasonable rates.
“The fair price shops will play a key role in preventing possible price hike and cartels,” she said, adding that the special monitoring teams would inspect the fair price shops.
Departmental chief of Food Management and Trading Company (FMTC) Srimani Raj Khanal said that they would run the fair prices shops in different places, including Ramshapath, Thapathali, Jawalakhel, Nakhkhu, Koteshwor, Bhaktapur and Kalimati.
He said that they would sell goods from its depots outside the valley and also setup outlets if the private organisations and local administration requested it to run the shops in different places and districts.
Talking about the stock of rice, he said that there would not be any shortage of rice in the remote and food-deficit district this festival as the company had already supplied required amount of rice to all districts.
“In the past years, locals of Humla used to face shortage of rice. But this year, there is sufficient stock of rice even in Humla,” he said.