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Nepal faces light shortage this Tihar

2022 Oct 14, 11:01, Kathmandu
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Businessmen who sell and distribute electric lights have said that there may be a shortage of decorative electric lights during this year's festival of lights. According to the Federation of Electrical Entrepreneurs of Nepal, it seems that people may face shortage due to the strict rules imposed by the government on the import of such goods.

Sudarshan Paudel, president of the association, said that when the Nepal Rastra Bank arranged a 100 percent cash margin for the import of electronic goods, many businessmen were unable to import goods.

"This year, the import of these items has decreased significantly compared to last year," said President Paudel. According to the federation, some electronic goods that should arrive before Dashain have not yet arrived.

"Some goods have been re-routed due to the closure of Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi crossings. Some are still in Chinese cities,' Paudel said, 'there is no situation where the price can increase, but there is a concern that the business personnel will not be able to meet the demand this year.'

According to Komal Pokhrel, the general secretary of the federation, festival lights, which are sold a lot for decoration during Tihar, were not imported in the same amount as last year.

Pokhrel says that the business of such materials during Tihar last year was around Rs 35 to 40 million. Businessmen are still focused on increasing imports as much as possible. "We are studying the details of the import and availability of these items," says General Secretary Pokhrel.

According to the Customs Department, no detailed information has been received about the festive lights that have been imported so far this year. In two months of the current year, 48 lakh 57 thousand 899 electrical appliances worth Rs 495 million 88 thousand have entered Nepal.

Last year, during the review period, electrical materials worth Rs 517.1 million were imported in Nepal.


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