KATHMANDU, Oct 4: Public Account Committee of the Parliament has directed the government to fix the price of sugar at Rs 63 per kilogram.
Speaking at a meeting of the parliament’s committee on Thursday, lawmakers urged the government to intervene in the market price saying that shopkeepers have increased the prices of essential commodities such as sugar, rice, cooking oil, in the run-up to Dashain festival.
They asked what led to the price-hike of sugar when the government had already fixed the price of sugar at Rs 63.
Lawmaker Rajendra KC said the price of sugar alone has increased by Rs 15 per kg.
“How can the Nepali people be happy when the prices of essential commodities go exorbitantly high in the run-up to the Dashain festival?”, he asked. Lawmakers Hridayesh Tripathi and Birodh Khatiwada urged the government to intervene in the marker price of essential commodities without further delay.
Lawmaker Chanda Chaudhary has accused the government of remaining a mute spectator at a time when even after retailers have increased the prices of essential goods arbitrarily.
Meanwhile, the Public Account Committee has formed a sub committee to study market prices of goods under the coordination of lawmaker Lekhraj Bhatta in which lawmakers Pradeep Yadav, Parwati DC Chaudhary, Prem Ale and Chanda Chaudhari are members.