Govt opens 39 fair-price shops across Nepal targeting festivals

dashain tihar fair-price shop
File image: A fair-price shop

Kathmandu, September 17

The government is opening 39 fair-price shops in the Kathmandu valley and major other cities of the country targeting customers’ needs for the biggest national festivals Dashain and Tihar to be celebrated in October and November respectively.

These shops will continue their operation until the Chhath festival that is scheduled to be observed on November 10.

Depots, dealers and outlets of Food Management and Trading Company, and Salt Trading Corporation will be converted into fair-price shops whereas these companies will also sell daily consumables on vehicles as mobile shops.

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies says consumers will get discounts on items such as rice, salt, beans, sugar, dairy items and goats.

The government used to operate such shops in the past also.

Meanwhile, the government has also directed the Nepal Oil Corporation to ensure a smooth supply of petroleum products during the festive season.

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