The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies has formed a rapid response team (RRT) to ease the supply of essential goods and services during the prohibitory order that will come into effect from April 29.

The team comprising officials of the ministry will immediately resolve any disruption in the supply system, Narayan Prasad Regmi spokesperson for the ministry, informed.

The ministry has also appointed liaison persons to facilitate the transportation and supply of medical supplies, food and other daily essentials.

Prem Kumar Shrestha has been deployed for supply management, Janak Raj Dahal to support local administrations and facilitate movement, Shree Ram Ghimire for supply of agricultural and livestock products and Narayan Prasad Duwadi has assigned to facilitate production industries. Meanwhile, Regmi has been tasked with facilitating the foreign trade sector.

The ministry has also urged those involved in the production, distribution and supply system of goods and services to contact the concerned personnel for the ease of transportation and supply during the prohibitory order.

"During the nationwide lockdown of last year, transportation and supply of essential goods had been affected due to the lack of management. Thus, this time the ministry has given its officials the responsibility of specific sectors to avoid repeating the earlier situation," Regmi said.

Anyone facing any hassle during supply of essential goods, including medical items, food and other daily consumable goods, can directly contact the ministry's officials deployed for that particular sector, he added.

The government has issued a prohibitory order for 15 days in the Kathmandu valley from Thursday. Some other district administration offices outside the valley have also issued prohibitory orders to stem the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 29, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.