Fair price shops to provide Rs 10 discounts on ghee and paneer

Published On: August 28, 2017 08:50 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, August 28: Government-operated fair price market has decided to provide discount of Rs 10 on a kilogram of ghee or paneer produced by Dairy Development Corporation (DDC). 

The market targeted to fulfill the demand of consumers in upcoming festivals of Dashain, Tihar and Chhath will also provide discounts on vegetables like onion and potato. The decision was made at a meeting attended by Supplies minister Shiva Kumar Mandal in Kathmandu.

According to a statement issued on Sunday, the market operated by Nepal Food Corporation and Salt Trading Corporation will provide discounts on onion and potato.

President of Federation of Fruits and Vegetable Entrepreneurs in Nepal, Khom Prasad Ghimire, said that the market will make vegetables available at rates cheaper than those of other retailers. 

"Only the transportation cost will be added on the wholesale price of the vegetables that are put on sale." He said, adding that they will try to put garlic, ginger and chilly in the market as well. 

The minister of supplies has directed concerned bodies such as the Department of Agriculture and Livestock Development, consumer right activists, and traders to maintain the standard of consumer goods. 

"Consumers are suffering because of the huge margin that traders put on the goods while selling," Mandal said: "Consumers will benefit if the wholesaler puts only 7 to 10 percent and the retailers put 20 percent of profit margin in the goods."

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