Prime Minister Deuba directs ministers and secretaries to ensure consumer rights

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Kathmandu, September 25. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has directed ministers and secretaries to ensure consumer rights in the wake of upcoming festivals. Artificial price increase in the market could take place as festival season has approached.

PM Deuba said, “Artificial price hike at a time of festivals as Dashain, Tihar and Chhath must be curbed. Adulterated food is another worry during festival.” He said so at a programme in his residence at Baluwatar on Sunday.

He added market monitoring and inspection must be done to ensure quality of food and fair deal on products. Further, he issued a 12-point direction to them regarding consumers’ rights and market monitoring.

Moreover, the meeting was attended by ministers and secretaries including Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supply, Dilendra Prasad Badu; Minister for Finance, Janardan Sharma;Minister of State at PM’s Office, Umesh Shrestha; CDOs from three districts of Kathmandu Valley, and Director General at Department of Commerce, Supply and Consumers’ Protection, Mahesh Bhattarai; among others.

Minister Badu at the meeting praised PM Deuba and revealed that the authorities have already been working on the inspection.

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