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KATHMANDU: The Department of Commerce, Supply and Consumer Protection (DoCSCP) has intensified its monitoring and inspection activities ahead of the festive season.
The festive season is just 11 days away and taking advantage of the season various malpractices like black marketing, price hike and artificial shortage rise significantly every year. Thus, the department has increased its market inspection activities.
To further strengthen its monitoring the department is cooperating with the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, Survey Department and Department of Drug Administration, among others. According to Rabindra Acharya, spokesperson for DoCSCP, inspection teams have already been deployed in different places within the valley – Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.
“We have deployed our inspection teams in Koteshowr, Chabahil, Maharajgunj, Kalimati, Balkhu, Kalanki and Balaju, among other areas within the valley,” he said, adding, “Market inspection will start across the country soon in coordination with the local governments.”
Acharya added that the inspection teams will monitor grocery shops, fruits and vegetables shops and clothing storesalong with pharmacies and fuel stores.
The department has also arranged a toll free number, 1137, where customers can call and lodge their complaints directly with the department. The toll free number can be utilized by traders, producers and wholesalers too if they are facing any problems. “Along with consumers, sometimes traders, producers or wholesalers themselves can be victims of black marketing thus the toll free number is for everyone,” Acharya added.
Currently, 17 officers from the department have been deployed for market inspection.
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