Nepal Government to sell onions at low cost



The Department of Commerce, Supply and Consumer Protection () has decided to sell onions that were seized from several at subsidised rate.

The department had earlier seized the onions from the traders who were hiding and creating an artificial shortage of the kitchen staple in the market to increase its price.

According to Ravindra Acharya, spokesperson for DoCSCP, the Food and Trading Company Ltd (FMTCL) will sell the onions from its outlets.

“A joint meeting held at the department on Tuesday among officials of DoCSCP, FMTCL and District Administration Office, Kathmandu has decided to sell the onions. We had seized a total of 12,000 kg of onions from Kalimati and Balkhu Fruits and Vegetables Markets and now we are going to sell it at no more than Rs 60 per kg,” he said.

While the process of registering the cases against the errant traders is ongoing, the has decided to sell the onions as it might start to decay, he added.

According to him, the meeting had allowed FMTCL to sell the onions at Rs 52 per kg, however, adding the transportation, loading and unloading costs, the company can charge up to Rs 60 per kg.

“While FMTCL can decide on the price, it will range in between Rs 52 and Rs 60 a kg,” he added.

On September 16, Minister for , Commerce and Supply Lekhraj Bhatta had inspected Kalimati and Balkhu Fruits and Vegetables Markets along with the DoCSCP and Nepal Police. The inspection team had seized around 250 sacks of onions from the vegetable markets. Likewise, the Nepal Poli

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