Wednesday, 25th November 2015

Go Shop, Go!

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The shopping spree for this year’s Dashain has reached its zenith. The main market hubs of Kathmandu, and other places, are drawing crowds of shoppers. For many, the revelry begins with a visit to the temples of the gods and goddesses early in the morning. The routine continues for ten days from Ghatasthapana, which was on Saturday, when the people sowed the seeds of foodgrains so that the holy shoots, called jamara, could sprout. Many people have already scheduled their time to travel, eat and play together with their relatives and friends. The festival is right at the doors, for sure. To make the occasion fun and free of ordeal for the people, the government authorities have made several special arrangements. Teams from the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) are monitoring the markets to ensure smooth supplies and fair prices to the customers. The government has sought a billion rupees from the Citizen Investment Trust and Employees Provident Fund to make sure Nepal Oil Corporation can supply petroleum products in a hassle-free manner.


On their part, the ministry officials have assured the customers of adequate stock of essential commodities across the country for the festivals of Dashain, Tihar and Chhath, as well as for the time until the November CA election. The Nepal Food Corporation (NFC), Salt Trading Corporation (STC) and National Trading Limited (NTL) are increasing the stock of sugar, rice and salt. In view of the festival time, the NFC has been delivering additional food items in the food-deficit districts. The Department of Commerce and Supply Management (DOCSM) has deployed teams to strictly monitor the market to control possible artificial price hike and shortage every day of the week. The government teams are keeping vigil in the eateries and shops to prevent them from selling substandard goods and unhygienic foods.


The NFC, NTL, STC and National Dairy Development Corporation (DDC) have been operating fair price shops in eight places inside the valley and various places outside the valley to provide goods at reasonable prices to the consumers. The NFC has begun to sell goats in the Kathmandu Valley from its Thapathali branch. Veterinary doctors are available in the main centres to see to it that they sell only healthy goats. Most schools and colleges have closed for the holiday. Many office goers are waiting for their turn to enjoy the Dashain break. That hordes of people are travelling in packed passenger buses and airplanes shows how every reveler is in a hurry to be home for the festival. As such an exquisite mood prevails, the regulation of the market and transport by the government agencies alone will not make the Dashain enjoyable enough for everyone. The business people, transport entrepreneurs and the revelers themselves will have to demonstrate empathy and proper behaviour, based on ethics, morality and law, to make the festive occasion truly great for all.





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