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Ministry warns action against gas dealers if they continue with their ‘illegitimate’ demands

KATHMANDU: The government has warned of taking stern action against the cooking gas industries if they waged a movement by going against the law.

Speaking in a discussion programme organized by the Ntaional Consumers Forum here on Monday at the Reporters Club Nepal, government officials warned the gas industries of action if they stopped the supply of cooking gas.

Secretary at the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies Lalmani Joshi said the State would not tolerate any activities that would cause inconvenience to consumers.

“The government would take action as per the laws if the gas industrialists go against the existing laws; the misunderstandings could be resolved through talks,” he said.

Director General at the Department of Commerce and Supplies Management, Narayan Prasad Bidari, said that the state could not agree on the one-window policy and the misuse of the liberal economy that would have a negative impact on the consumers.

“The government would not entertain conditions that contravene the laws. The state cannot agree to the argument that the state should take decisions based on the recommendation of a single organization,” he said.

Acting Executive Director of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), Suresh Kumar Agrawal said the cooking gas entrepreneurs would not be allowed to sell the fuel through one-window system and urged the entrepreneurs not to create hurdles in its supply.

President of the Gas Industries Association Shiva Ghimire argued that their demands were justified, saying they were not in a position to operate their businesses.

President of the National Consumers Forum, Prem Lal Maharjan, urged the entrepreneurs to not go against the interests of the consumers. He called on the government and the entrepreneurs to resolve the problem through talks. RS

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