Govt ready to supply daily essentials at convenient places: Minister Lekhraj Bhatta

KATHMANDU: The government has intensified its preparation to supply daily essential goods to the people from convenient places.

Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supply, Lekharaj Bhatta, held meeting at his pulchowk-based quarters with stakeholders concerned to discuss how the supply system could be made smooth. He talked to stakeholders on how 16 trucks of medicine and medical items stuck at Raxaul of Nepal-India border could be brought to the country. Information to this, was earlier shared to Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwar Pokhrel by a noted cardiologist Dr Bhagawan Koirala.

With the enquiry with the Ministry secretary, Minister Bhatta received the phone by secretary Baikuntha Aryal that the obstructed trucks had already left for the country. Minister Bhatta then relayed the message to the DPM Pokhrel who is also coordinator of high level committee on prevention and control of coronavirus. The truck obstructed at border would arrive in the Kathmandu Valley by this evening. Minister Bhatta was quoted in Rastriya Samachar Samiti as saying, “The government has been actively working with effective communication and coordination with ministers, secretaries, subordinate bodies, NGOs and private sectors so that supply of essential goods as medicine and petroleum products would not stop during the lockdown.” He said, 29 mini trucks were ready to supply daily essential goods and over two dozen mini trucks — 15 in Kathmandu, and seven each in Bhaktapur and Lalitpur — were ready to supply daily goods. “Rice, grams, cooking oil, salt, potato, onion are being supplied to the needy areas,” he added. In case of scarcity of daily essential goods, one can call at toll free number 1137 so that the government team could reach there with the supply. The mini trucks would reach at people’s door steps — to their convenient places.

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