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Errant traders in Matara District fined

Consumer Affairs Authority branch of the Matara District Secretariat has recorded an income of of over Rs.170,500 in Court fines through sudden raids and mobile inspections made in the Matara district during the month of December 2017.

According to officials attached to CAA of the Matara District Secretariat, the total number of raids done during the relevant month was 106. They were made covering all 16 Divisional Secretariat Divisions in the district, investigation officials said.

Hoarding of rice, sale of rice above control rates, display and sale of food items unfit for human consumption, selling consumer items above the set prices, sale of electrical appliances without issuing warranty cards, selling expired food items, altering set prices on labels of consumer items and selling them at exorbitant rates, non display of price tags and violating orders, rules and regulations imposed by the Consumer Affairs Authority were offenses committed by errant traders, CAA officials stated.

These traders were prosecuted in the Magistrate’s Courts of Matara, Deiyandara and Morawaka in the district of Matara, they said.

On orders of Industries and Commerce Minister Reshard Badudin and also on instructions of Matara District Secretary Pradeep Rathnayake, officials attached to Consumer Affairs Authority branch of the Matara District Secretariat made these raids and prosecuted.