Kathmandu: Suppliers selling masks at higher prices have been punished. The Department of Commerce, Supplies and Consumer Protection has taken action against all the surgical suppliers in Tripureshwor for selling masks at higher prices.
According to the department, it has found that the masks bought by these suppliers at Rs 4.46 per unit were being sold at Rs 8.38 per unit. The suppliers have been fined up to Rs 200,000.
These suppliers have been fined under Section 39 (1) of the Consumer Protection Act 2075 BS after finding that they have committed improper business activities in accordance with Section 38 (a) of Section 16 (2).
At present, the department has intensified market monitoring saying that there will be improper trade in the market during the ban issued in three districts of Kathmandu Valley.
Last Thursday, the department had imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the Himalayan Health Care Company, which manufactures masks in Bhaktapur. The department had taken action by monitoring the industry on the basis of complaints that the company was selling masks in the market without fixing the consumer price.