The Department of Commerce (DoC) has recommended the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) to scrap liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) dealership of Kantipur Cooking Gas Store in Old Baneshwor, Kathmandu, after it was found involved in black marketing.
Acting on complaints that the store was not providing gas despite having enough stock, the department had conducted a surprise raid and found a huge number of cooking gas cylinders stocked at the store. The monitoring team had found 36 cylinders of Nepal Gas, 23 of Shree Krishna gas and one cylinder of Narayani Gas there.
Saroj Karki, a consumer, said the store refused him to provide cylinders despite having cylinders. “This is totally a black marketing.”
Although the store sells LPG cylinders of six companies, it only has the authorised depot certificates of two.
Kamal Bahadur Thapa, inspection officer of the department, said the store violated rules by limiting consumer access to essential commodities. “We have recommended scrapping the depot’s permit of under the black marketing law,” added Thapa.
The department has also issued a letter to the store to clarify within three days why was it hiding cylinders.
Recently, the Minister for Commerce and Supplies Lekh Raj Bhatta said that the ministry will take on-the-spot action against those entrepreneurs found involved in black marketing, hoarding and other illegal activities during the Dashain festival.