Print Edition - 2014-09-17 | MONEY
Fair price shops to sell sugar at Rs 63 per kg
Sep 16, 2014-
Government-sponsored fair price shops are scheduled to open on Wednesday in 71 places across the country, including eight in the Kathmandu valley.
Four state-run corporations, Nepal Food Corporation (NFC), Salt Trading Corporation (STC), National Trading Limited (NTL) and Dairy Development Corporation (DDC), will jointly operate the shops for one and half months with the aim of providing relief to the general public by selling essential goods at subsidized rates. The four corporations have announced that they will make available essentials like rice, pulses, ghee, oil, sugar and salt at discounted rates.
Deepak Subedi, spokesperson at the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS), said that all the preparations had been completed and that they were ready to open the shops on Wednesday. “These shops will play a key role in preventing possible price hikes during the festive season by offering goods at cheaper prices.” Customers can buy 5 kg of sugar and 100 kg of rice at a time.
The shops will be located at Ram Shah Path, Teku, Koteshwor, Kalimati, Thapathali and Satungal in Kathmandu, Lagankhel in Lalitpur and Surya Binayak in Bhaktapur. Similar stores will be opened at the district offices of these four entities. Besides, STC will sell sugar and salt from three mobile vans in the valley. Sugar with be sold at Rs 63 per kg and salt at Rs 13 per kg. Salt Trading plans to sell 30,000 kg of sugar during the period.
DDC’s ghee will be sold at Rs 740 per litre against the usual price of Rs 750. It has projected sales of 60,000 kg of ghee. It will also sell yogurt, ice cream, paneer and milk from the fair price stores, but there will be no discount on these items.
Similarly, National Trading said it would offer 10 to 70 percent discount on home appliances. NFC plans to sell a wide variety of rice including Mota, Sona, Jeera Masino and Basmati along with wheat and pulses with a discount of Rs 2 per kg. It plans to sell 12,000 quintals of rice and wheat and 100 quintals of beans, buckwheat and naked barley from the fair price shops.
Published: 17-09-2014 09:26