Kathmandu, April 2

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today said the government was committed to controlling black-marketing of essential goods.

Receiving a memorandum from Nepali Congress-aligned Nepal Darun Dal, Nepal Students’ Union and Nepal Women’s Association at his official residence in Baluwatar, he said, “The government can no longer remain a mute spectator to the shortage of fuel and cooking gas even as the supply situation has returned to normal.” Prime Minister Oli assured the agitating NC-aligned sister organisations that the government was holding discussion with stakeholders to control smuggling and black-marketing of petroleum products.

“The government will not tolerate the artificial crisis created by black-marketeers and smugglers and is committed to easing supply of essentials,” he told the delegation.

On a different note, Oli said the government would never escape from reconstruction.