HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has been able to verify only 5,000 consumers in the five months since the distribution of consumer cards started.
The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies had, last April, directed NOC to complete the distribution of consumer cards within a month. It had also asked the Gas Dealers’ Association of Nepal to facilitate the card distribution process.
NOC has received some 23,000 consumer forms so far, said director at the corporation Shiva Prasad Pudasaini, adding that the association has pledged to forward more forms soon.
The delay in the verification process is not due to the corporation but due to the association that has failed to complete its tasks, the corporation claimed.
The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies had said that it would adjust the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) after completing the card distribution process. It had also planned to provide LPG at a subsidised rate to domestic consumers. Meanwhile, Nepal Oil Corporation has asked three bottling plants to submit the details of their consumers. Nepal Gas had promised to submit the details of its consumers using its own network, the corporation said, adding that Everest Gas and STC have also agreed to collect the forms from consumers.