‘Govt to do all to normalize supply’- My Republica

Indian trucks loaded with goods are seen parked near the India-Nepal border at Panitanki on November 5, 2015. Nepalese police have tried to forcibly break up a border blockade on the Nepalese side of the border that was set up by activists angry over a new constitution, which has led to crippling fuel shortages and cut off access to other vital supplies in the landlocked Himalayan nation. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: Sensing that India-imposed blockade is not likely to be resolved soon, the government has decided to explore all possible measures to normalize the supply of essential goods, including petroleum products, in the country and to effectively manage distribution of the available goods, while giving continuity to talks with the agitating parties at the same time.

A cabinet meeting held at Singha Durbar on Thursday took the decision to adopt all possible measures to smoothen the supply of essential goods and distribute the goods in an appropriate way.

"The government will import all essential goods including petroleum products using all possible measures and provide fool-proof security to transport supplies to their destinations and distribute them in a more managed way," said Minister for Information and Communications Sher Dhan Rai, who is also the spokesperson of the government, while taking to media persons following the cabinet meeting.

According to him, all possible measures include importing petroleum products via air routes from third countries, distributing wooden logs, encouraging public to use electricity and alternative energies, improving road infrastructures along China border points and appeal other friendly countries for their support, among others.

Minister Rai said the meeting decided to direct the concerned ministry to improve roads connecting Tatopani and Kerung border points to China in order to bring them into operation as soon as possible.

"As part of the government's move to make distribution of essential goods better managed, the cabinet decided to fix petrol pumps for distributing fuels to emergency and essential services like schools, ambulances, milk and drinking water, among others," informed Minister Rai.

For public information, the cabinet has also decided to make public the details of essential goods imported in the country as well as to inform where, how and how much the goods were distributed, once in every week, added Minister Rai.

In a bid to contain the mushrooming black market in essential goods, especially of petroleum products in the capital, Minister Rai said, the cabinet also decided to form a market monitoring mechanism led by Shreedhar Sapkota, secretary of the Prime Minister's Office.


Published on: My Republica (November 20, 2015)