Nawalparasi, 5 September. Five shops selling onions at higher prices in Nawalparasi (Bardaghat-Susta West) have been taken into custody.
The District Market Monitoring Committee (DMMC) has taken action after the businessmen started selling onions by increasing the price arbitrarily.
Assistant Chief District Officer Jorasingh Majhi informed that four potato godown shops in Ramgram Municipality-2 and one potato onion warehouse in Ramgram-7 have been fined Rs.
A team comprising of Home and Small Industries Office, Consumer Interest Protection Forum, Federation of Nepali Journalists, Ramgram Municipality and security personnel led by Assistant Prajia Majhi monitored the market today after receiving complaints of consumer fraud by increasing the price of onion.
According to Assistant Fisherman Majhi, the price of onion had gone up from Rs 50 per kg to Rs 130 per kg a few days ago. At present, it is found that up to 100 per kg is sold. The entrepreneurs themselves had admitted that they used to buy at Rs.
During the monitoring, Ramgram Stores at Ramgram-7, Rauniyar Stores at Ramgram-2, Tara Alu Stores and Ganesh Rauniyar, who were operating unregistered businesses, were fined Rs 60,000 and Ansh Stores Rs 20,000 for selling onions at higher prices through pickup vans. Fisherman Majhi informed that he was fined.
He said that most of the shops did not have documents including price list, signboards, renewed certificates of registration in various agencies and bill invoices. It has been found that some shops are operating without registration.
They have been fined with suggestions and if they do not pay the fine within seven days, further action will be taken, said Netra Prasad Bhusal, chief of the Home and Small Industries Office. He said that the businessmen were selling onions at more than double the price.