The government is gearing up to intensify market monitoring as the fesive season is round the corner.
Department of Commerce and Supply Management, Department of Food Technology and Quality Control and Nepal Bureau of Standard and Metrology jointly are preparing to form market monitoring team for, what they say, an effective and result-oriented monitoring, though the consumers always feel cheated.
The committee will be formed within a week will prepare a roadmap, informed spokesperson of Ministry of Commerce and Supply Deepak Subedi.
The committee will start special monitoring after two weeks, he added.
The market witnesses unusual price hike, cartel and black market during the festive season of Dashain and Tihar ever year. The government bodies also do market monitoring during the festivals but it has failed to check market anomalies that cheat consumers in price and quality, both.
The government also tries to make sure of smooth supply, Subedi added.
Chief of market monitoring division at the department Purushottam Subedi informed that the monitoring activities will mainly focus on commodities that are in high demand during the festive season.
Though the market monitoring teams seal the outlets, if found substandard and cheating in price, they never succeeded in controlling price.
The ritual monitoring during the festivals has never increased consumers’ confidence on government as the monitoring is seasonal and routine rather than effective, according to consumer activists.