Freedom Forum has moved to National Information Commission demanding detailed list of names of persons receiving fuel from Nepal Oil Corporation for free since 2003.

“The corporation did not provide detailed information even after the Forum approached its acting managing director Suresh Kumar Agrawal,” chairperson of the Freedom Forum Taranath Dahal said, adding that it is people’s right to know the names of those, who are getting fuel from the state oil monopoly for free, at their cost.

Minister for Commerce and Supplies Lekhraj Bhatta himself has last October publicly disclosed that the corporation distributes around Rs 60,000 worth petroleum products per month to the ministers and higher officials for free.

“The NOC distributes 200 litre worth fuel coupons daily to the minister for Commerce and Supplies apart from government officials and their relatives, for free,” he has revealed. The Nepal Oil Corporation officials
also repeated said that they have been distributing hundreds of litres fuel for free due to pressure from the politicians.

Meanwhile, talks between minister for commerce and supplies and Prime Minister for the consecutive second day could not yield any outcome on current fuel crisis.

The ministry has prepared a work plan to manage current fuel crisis and want it to be endorsed by Prime Minister, a source at ministry said.