The government has operated the fair price shops from today in view of the upcoming Dashain, Tihar and Chhath festivals.

The fair price shops will sell daily consumer items to the general public at a subsidized rate. These shops have been opened at 43 places in 39 districts of the country.

According to the Food Management and Trading Company which is operating the shops, five rupees discount is provided per kilogramme of rice, kwati (mixed beans), lentil, buckwheat and wheat flour, Rs 10 discount per litre is offered on soybean oil and five rupees on mustard and sunflower oil. Similarly, Rs 10 discount is provided on per kilogramme of beans and buckwheat from Karnali and the same amount in per kilogramme of live he-goat. The Company has also made preparations for bringing goats targeting the festivals.

It stated that arrangements have been made for supplying food grains using helicopters, aeroplanes and trails to prevent food shortage in remote districts.

In the Kathmandu Valley, the fair price shops would be operated at Thapathali and Ramshahpath of Kathmandu, Nakhkhu of Lalitpur and Suryabinayak of Bhaktapur as well as free home delivery service. The home delivery service would be provided from delivery platforms as Sasto Deal, Mukundo and Gogo 20, among others.

The government has brought the fair price shops into operation one week before as compared to the last year to avoid the crowd as there is still the risk of coronavirus infection. The government had brought such shops into operation only 15 days before the day of Ghatasthapana last year.

The cheap price shops would be run till November 10.

Inaugurating the cheap price shops, Chairperson of the Company and Secretary at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supply, Dinesh Bhattarai, said that such shops have been brought into operation to control price hikes and balance the consumer market.

On the occasion, he directed the office-bearers of the company to run the cheap price shops systematically and transparently. Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Mohan Prakash Chand, shared that the shops have been brought into operation with a target to provide foodstuffs to the people at cheap price, adding that the Company had sold daily essential products to consumers at a cheap price during the earthquake, blockade and lockdown imposed to prevent and control COVID-19.