WFP faces govt action

KATHMANDU: The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers on Sunday directed the authorities concerned to take punitive action against World Food Programme and other organisations if food items and beverages distributed by them are found inedible and substandard.

The OPMCM issued a press release stating that it has directed the authorities concerned to investigate into the allegation of substandard food items being distributed to the earthquake victims by World Food Programme and take action against the guilty if the allegations against them are found to be true. The government also discussed the allegations with the stakeholders today and decided to test the quality of the food items and drinks that were distributed in the past weeks and other such items that could be distributed in the coming days.

OPMCM also instructed the Department of Commerce and Department of Food Technology and Quality Control to carry out investigation within three days to find if the rice distributed recently at several places in Gorkha district, including Laprak, was substandard, and to take action if the rice was found substandard.

It directed the two departments to regularly test the quality of the food being distributed by World Food Programme and other organisations and take punitive action if their food items were found inedible.

Stating that it was receiving reports of substandard food and beverages being produced in the domestic market, OPMCM also ordered the two departments to conduct random checks in domestic market, particularly at production sites, and take punitive action if food and beverages were found inedible and substandard.

These decisions were taken after OPMCM held discussions with top bureaucrats of line ministries and officials of several departments, stated the release.