Bhaktapur DAO to check artificial price hike

- Anup Ojha, Bhaktapur

Sep 15, 2014-

District Administration Office, Bhaktapur, has set up a monitoring mechanism to control artificial price hike and shortages of daily commodities during the upcoming festivals.

The DAO, together with the Department of Commerce, Department of Measurement and Quality Control, Consumers’ Right’s Protection and Security Section, will inspect wholesale stores, retail shops, groceries, clothing and liquor shops starting this week.

The local administration said the need was felt as the demand of goods goes higher during the festive season, which increases the chances of supply of substandard and unhygienic products. “Chances of customers being cheated are high, so we are making this move,” said Bhaktapur CDO Anil Kumar Thakur. The local body has been monitoring the market regularly.

According to the local authorities, selling goods at higher prices, supplying date-expired and adulterated goods are the main problems seen during the festivals.

Depak Koirala, chief at Cottage and Small Industry, said the inspection team will also fix commodity prices. “The team will also monitor pricing of garment and other items,” he said. For the convenience of the customers, the local authority will establish some fair prices shops as well. According to Thakur, the monitoring team comprise of representatives from government authorities and civil society organisations. Consumers can lodge complaint at the DAO and the Department of Commerce if they find any irregularities.

Last year, the DAO had taken action against 13 individuals for their involvement in food adulteration, price hike and selling date-expired alcoholic beverages.

Published: 16-09-2014 09:56

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