The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has collected Rs 1.2 million in fines from traders in the Nuwara Eliya District for selling goods at higher prices above the stipulated wholesale and retail pricesin the first four months of this year.
An official attached to the CAA regional office in Nuwara Eliya yesterday (18) said 106 retail and wholesale traders in Nuwara Eliya, Walapane, Hatton, and Nawalapitiya were fined after filing court cases against them. CAA officials raided businesses based on complaints lodged by the public. “We frequently receive complaints that certain shopkeepers sell goods taking advantage of shortages, including essential commodities,” he said.
He said that cases have also been filed against traders who sell agrochemicals, primarily insecticides and fertilisers.
The public have been advised to file complaints against any trader who sells commodities above the stipulated price at 052-2223933 to CAA Nuwara Eliya Office or the 1977 CAA hotline.
By Naalir Jamaldeen