Chief Secretary Lilamani Paudyal today directed Home Ministry to restart transportation along the Araniko Highway – that has been closed since due to landslide in Sindhupalchowk.

In the meeting of Central Monitoring and Evaluation Committee today, he directed them to remove obstruction in transportation along the highway that is the only highway to link with the northern neighbour.

The highway is key also for the trade with China. The concerned ministries and agencies must ensure efficient supply of essential goods during the festivals next month, he said.

Likewise, the meeting led by Paudyal also decided to fix maximum retail price of sugar and directed Nepal Food Corporation to ensure smooth supply of rice and sugar during the festive season.

The committee has asked the agencies to form a separate committee including a private sector to ensure the regular and smooth supply of sugar and LPG – popularly known as cooking gas – in Dashian and Tihar.

Similarly, the committee has decided to monitor and check fraudulent activities in the market during the festivals, besides intensifying market monitoring to control unethical business practices like black-marketeering, short supply of essential commodities, use of faulty weighing machines, and sale of substandard products.

The committee decided to facilitate Department of Commerce and Supply Management – that looks after market at the central level – and district development committees – that oversees markets at the local level – to make market monitoring more effective.

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