HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Chief secretary Leela Mani Poudyal today said the government was compelled to hike fuel prices in line with increase in price of petroleum products in the international market.
Poudyal added that the government was no longer in a position to subsidise fuel prices.
The government increased the price of petrol by Rs 10 a litre while prices of diesel, kerosene and aviation fuel for domestic airlines was hiked by Rs six a litre.
Director general at the Department of Commerce and Supply Management Narayan Prasad Bidari said the government had no choice but to hike prices to ensure smooth supply of petroleum products and added that the public should support the decision.
However, president of Nepal Consumer Federation Shambhu Prasad Kadariya warned of agitation if the price hike was not rolled back.