A meeting between agitating student unions and government on petroleum price hike ended inconclusively today as the government refused to roll back the price hike.

The students unions and the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies officials sat for the talk after Prime Minister Sushil Koirala directed government officials to hold talks to end protest by the students unions.

The seven-member government talks team led by commerce secretary Madhav Regmi asked the student unions to call off agitation. “The government would form a probe panel to investigate corruption in the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC),” he said.

However, the student unions were adamant on continuing protest unless the government addresses their demands.

But Nepal Oil Corporation spokesperson Mukunda Ghimire said that the meeting was positive and would continue tomorrow.

The NOC had increased petroleum prices on Friday. The increased price of petrol price – by Rs 10 and diesel and kerosene by Rs 6 per liter – claiming to be in huge loss.

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