The government has said it will start market monitoring targeting the Dashain festival in the next two-three days.
The government has already formulated the working guideline and has also formed “special monitoring teams” comprising representatives from various government bodies and consumer right activists.
Deepak Subedi, spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, said they would mobilise the team within a few days. “As complaints about black marketing and adulteration surge massively during the festival, we have planned to launch joint market monitoring coordinating with various regulatory bodies,” he said.
According to Subedi, they would do the monitoring as per the Joint Market Monitoring Directive 2012. The directive has mentioned 51 products along with 21 services to be monitored.
The monitoring mechanism incorporates representatives from government agencies, including the Department of Commerce and Supply Management (DoCSM), Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology, Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, Department of Drug Administration, Department of Livestock Service and Department of Cottage and Small Industry.
Other agencies include departments related to agriculture, industry, transportation and education, District Administration Office, local bodies and the forum related with consumers’ right.
Besides carrying out inspection of retail food outlets, the government this time plans to cross-check garment stores, wholesalers and warehouses.
“We will be mobilising the team within a few days to check any possible anomalies,” said Chandrakala Paudel, deputy director general at DoCSM. “We have also formed a separate team which will remain stand-by even during holidays and odd hours.”