CAA raids yield Rs 70 in fines
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) earned Rs 70 million in fines
from errant traders following islandwide raids from January 1 to
“In all, 21,182 business establishments violated rules and
regulations of the the Consumer Protection Act,” Co-operatives and
Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando said.
The minister said legal action had been initiated against errant
traders for fleecing consumers by selling commodities at a higher than
the maximum stipulated retail price, selling outdated goods and failing
to display the prices of goods, transporting vegetables without the use
of plastic crates, non - issuance of guarantees, not displaying prices
of items advertised through electronic and print media and hoarding and
selling goods under unhygienic conditions.
The minister said the Authority received a number of public
complaints regarding errant traders.
The CAA received a number of complaints regarding errant traders and
milk powder importers who sold infant milk powder at higher prices than
the stipulated controlled price.
Minister Fernando instructed CAA chairman Rumi Marzook to intensify
raids and take stern action against any trader who charges higher prices
for infant milk powder.
Fernando said the CAA would ensure strict enforcement of consumer
laws for consumers’ benefit.
“These efforts are not to put traders into trouble, but, to provide a
good service to consumers,” he said.