Nepal | August 04, 2020

Ward chair’s hand suspected in fertiliser black marketing

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:


While fertiliser crunch has affected farmers in Rautahat badly, complaints of black-marketing have also increased of late.

As per a finding, fertiliser bought in the name of Srijansil Agriculture Cooperatives Limited, Bagmati Saving and Credit Cooperatives Limited and Unnatishil Women Agriculture Cooperatives Limited of Chandrapur Municipality, was black-marketed.

Instead of obliging farmers, the cooperatives are learnt to have siphoned the fertiliser to Satyalal Sah of Bagmati Municipality-1. Sah is the operator of Rahul Food Industry in Chandrapur Municipality.

This came to light after police, acting on the complaints of farmers, arrested Sah last week.

Sah stands accused of procuring 1,652 bags of urea, 605 bags of DAP and 135 bags of potash in the name of Srijanshil Agriculture Cooperatives Limited; 1,212 bags of urea, 575 bags of DAP and 115 bags of potash in the name of Bagmati Savings and Credit Cooperatives Limited; and 2,124 bags of urea, 681 bags of DAP and 130 bags of potash in the name of Unnatishil Women Agriculture Cooperatives Limited.

He is said to have sold the fertiliser at a high price in Makawanpur and Sarlahi districts.

It’s important to note that Srijanshil cooperatives’ chairperson is Chandrapur Municipality-1 ward Chairperson Biru Rakhal. His cooperative hasn’t even conducted the general assembly of last year. He is learnt to have recommended that the Agriculture Inputs Company Limited provide subsidised fertiliser to the three cooperatives.

According to DSP Hem Bahadur Shahi of Chandrapur Area Police Office, they have started investigation after seeking a remand for the arrested businessperson under the Black Marketing Act. “Investigation is under way and we’re searching for persons involved in this black-marketing,” he said.

Meanwhile, despite the border closure between Nepal and India, every day hundreds of bags of fertiliser is being smuggled into Nepal.

Just yesterday, Armed Police Force personnel seized 150 bags of urea smuggled to Nepal through Jayanagar entry point of Paroha Municipality. The fertiliser was then handed over to Gaur Customs.

A version of this article appears in e-paper on July 10, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Lamjung district map

Woman missing after being swept away in a Tuin accident in Lamjung

LAMJUNG: A woman has been reported missing in Dordi Rural Municipality-6, Lamjung, after plunging into a river while using Tuin (wire bridge) to cross it. The missing woman has been identified as Phulmaya Gurung, 32, of Simi village in the municipality. According to Inspector Om Prakash Pun a Read More...

Former king Juan Carlos decides to leave Spain amid corruption allegations

Prosecutors looking into bribe allegations Pressure had been building on royals to take action Former king remains "at the disposal" of prosecutors The 82-year-old helped guide Spain back to democracy MADRID: Spain's former king Juan Carlos has decided to leave his country, a drama Read More...

Ruling party co-chairs stick to their guns

Oli to remain PM till general election, co-chair till General Convention: NCP leader Gokul Baskota Kathmandu, August 3 Co-chairs of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal and KP Sharma Oli held talks today in an attempt to break the current impasse in the party, but failed to Read More...

Airlines seek permission to resume flights

Airline companies have to resubmit their proposal for slots if flight operations are halted for more than 60 days Kathmandu, August 3 The government's decision to resume domestic and international flights from August 17 has prompted airline companies to start submitting their proposals to the Ci Read More...

Dhading bans sand mining during monsoon

Dhading, August 3 In view of increasing deaths related to river mining, the authority in Dhading decided to impose a complete ban on sand mining from rivers in the district during the monsoon season. There is already a rule that bans mining of river products using heavy equipment during the ra Read More...

File photo of Melamchi Water Supply Project tunnel.

‘Technical error caused Melamchi tunnel accident’

Kathmandu, August 3 A committee formed to investigate Melamchi tunnel incident has concluded that one of the sluice gates on the tunnel of the Melamchi Water Supply Project had broken due to a technical error. A project engineer and a driver had died due to the flood resulting from the breakag Read More...

reproductive health, Minister of State for Health and Population, Padma Kumari Aryal

Work responsibly, Minister Aryal directs employees

Kathmandu, August 3 Minister of Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Kumari Aryal has directed government employees to work responsibly as the ministry has the responsibility of protecting the property of over 30 million people of the country. She said this at the annual Read More...

PM visits under-construction museum at his private residence

Bhaktapur, August 3 Prime Minister and Co-chair of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) KP Sharma Oli today visited his private residence at Balkot and met with people from different walks of life. This is the third time the prime minister has visited his private residence after being electe Read More...