Rs 230 m collected from errant traders
* High prices
* No price tags, boards
* Sale of old food
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) collected a staggering Rs 230
million in fines last year by swooping down on errant traders.
A CAA spokesman told the Daily News that 8,000 errant traders who
were engaged in unfair trading in breach of the Consumer Authorities Act
No. 9 of 2003 last year were nabbed by CAA raiding teams across the
These traders had fleeced the consumers by selling commodities
including rice at a higher price than the maximum stipulated retail
prices. The most common offence was selling rice above the marked price.
Selling commodities at high prices, failure to display price tags and
price boards, selling food that has passed their expiry dates, dubious
marketing tactics and not following the required standards were among
He said that measures have been taken to recruit 80 new officials to
the CAA to conduct the raids. The spokesman said raids will continue
throughout the island to nab errant traders who increase prices in
defiance of the Government directive.