Implementing the federal system in the administrative level, the Department of Commerce, Supplies and Consumer Protection (DoCSCP) has decided to decentralise its authority to the districts.

According to the department, from now onwards registration and regulation of private and partnership firms within the Bagmati Province will be carried out by the Cottage and Small Industries Offices located in the respective districts of the province.

The department will be providing such services from the offices in the districts under the Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment of Bagmati Province from February 13.

According to DoCSCP, an action plan has been formulated for the transfer of responsibilities related to commercial administration from the federal to the provincial and local levels as approved by the ministerial decision.

The department has stated that the registration and regulation of private and partnership firms other than export-import trade will gradually be transferred to other provinces too after the formulation of provincial laws.

Similarly, the department said that the works related to renewal, amendment and cancellation of the firms already registered in the department will be carried out by the DoCSCP until it is handed over to the concerned province. In addition, the department has mentioned that such businesses registered with the department will be gradually handed over to the local governments.

However, works related to companies working in trade businesses will be done by the DoCSCP central office for now.

The department has stated the original files of foreign trade firms (related to export and import) registered in Cottage and Small Industries Offices under Bagmati Province will be handed over within 2022.

And the DoCSCP will only regulate works done by the provincial and local governments.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 6, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.