Kathmandu : The Department of Commerce, Supplies and Consumer Protection has imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on a Bhaktapur-based mask manufacturing industry.
A spokesperson of the department, Shivaraj Sedhai, said that a company called Himalayan Health Care was fined Rs 50,000 for selling masks in the market without fixing the consumer price.
According to Sedhai, the industry has also been instructed to fix the maximum retail price. He said that the masks, which have a wholesale price of Rs 2.4, were found to be sold at Rs 10 per piece in the market.
The department has also taken action against three shops in Kathmandu for selling masks at exorbitant profits. Anuj Store, U&B Stores and RN Stores in Gyaneshwar, Kathmandu have been fined Rs 5,000 each, according to the department.
During the regular monitoring of the department, it was found that the stories did not issue the purchase and sale bill of the mask and sold the mask to the consumer at a higher price.