No artificial shortages during festival season: Supplies Minister

Kathmandu, August 4: Supplies Minister Shiva Kumar Mandal has said black marketing and artificial shortages would not be allowed under any circumstances, especially during the festival period.
Speaking in the face-to-face programme at Reporters Club here today, he said the process for amending the related laws and Acts have been initiated with the aim of removing the existing legal hurdles for checking such malpractices.

“The food supply and distribution would be eased during the festival months and discussions are being held with Nepal Food Corporation for transporting food grains to the remote districts,” the Supplies Minister said, adding that efforts were on to contain the market price of goods and petroleum products.
The Minister said that he has been taking information on the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC)’s land purchase scam. “Action would be taken if any kind of irregularities is found in the NOC’s land purchase process,” he stressed.
Stating that the government was to purchase land for building storage facilities for petroleum products in all the seven provinces, he said the storage facilities would have the capacity to store fuel to meet the demand for at least 90 days.

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