'Consumer awareness imperative to curb black marketing'

Published On: October 2, 2022 09:06 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 2: Experts and stakeholders concerned have said consumers themselves should be more aware to curb black marketing in the wake of festivals. Market fraud including adulteration of foods and irregularities are reported in the media of late.

The speakers at the first annual general meeting of Consumer Awareness Campaign on Saturday said the traders take advantage of festival time and cheat the consumers, which needs to be curbed with collective efforts.

They stressed that informed and aware consumers have an important role to ensure availability of standard and quality foods in the market.

Former secretary of the government, Krishna Hari Baskota said the time has come for consumers' activism and awareness so that they would not be deprived of their rights. Market monitoring is lax once the consumers are negligent on market issues, he said, adding that impunity was thriving in the market. 

Similarly, another former secretary of government, Dr Hari Dahal said the defenders of consumer rights and consumers could work in unison to control the irregularities in the market.

On the occasion, Director at Department of Commerce, Bhesh Bahadur Kunwar, stated that the Department was conducting market monitoring as per its resources and strength. He sought cooperation from rights bodies in this regard.

Chairperson of the National Consumers Forum Nepal, Prem Lal Maharjan, also stressed the need for unity among the bodies concerned to secure consumer rights.


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