HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: With only four days left for the deadline to complete the distribution of consumer cards, Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) is yet to verify over half of the dealers making the much ambitious plan of the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies a failure.
Though the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies had claimed that the distribution of the consumer cards would be completed by May 15, only 18 gas bottling plants have partially verified their dealers so far out of the 42, according to vice president at Gas Dealers Federation of Nepal Maheshwar Kumar Shrestha. “More than half the bottling plants have yet to finalise the list of their dealers.”
Only 500 dealers have been verified so far and they have been distributing consumer cards, a source at the ministry said, adding that the distribution of consumer cards through other dealers is still uncertain until they have been verified.
“The working style of both NOC and dealers is very lethargic and ‘suspicious’ too,” the official said, questioning their motive.
The ministry had already suspected that the mechanism within NOC, dealers and bottling plants was rampant with corruption, he said. “Despite the suspicion, the ministry decided to utilise NOC but there had been debate on whether to utilise the local administration to distribute the consumer cards.”
The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies will ask NOC to submit a progress report of the distribution of consumer cards on Friday, said spokesperson at the ministry Deepak Subedi. “It will seek an explanation from NOC for the delay.”