9 Traders Fined for Charging High Price
Thursday, 09 September 2010

Price monitoring teams have fined nine shops at Karwan Bazar for charging higher prices for their products than those fixed by the government, an official statement has said.

The shops were fined during a drive by the price monitoring teams of the commerce ministry at the chicken market and Dhaka City Corporation market of Karwan Bazar on Wednesday.

Officials of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute, fisheries department, Consumer Association of Bangladesh, Rapid Action Battalion, the police and district administration magistrate were also present during the drive.

The teams conducted the drive to prevent contamination and to ensure selling of goods at government fixed prices: sugar at Tk 47 a kg, soybean oil at Tk 80 a litre and palm oil at Tk 73 a litre.

Prices of sugar, oil, chickpeas etc were stable, the statement added.

Sohel General Store was fined Tk 25,000, Habib General Store Tk 5,000 and Haji Store Tk 5,000 for selling at Tk 50-52.

Sonali General Store was fined Tk 30,000 for rude behaviour with the customers and charging higher prices.

Karwan Bazar General Store, A R General Store, Patwari General Store and Ali store were fined Tk 55,000 for selling goods without production and expiry dates under Sections 37 and 40 of the Consumer Rights Protection Act – 2009.

Anwar Pan-supari Shop was fined Tk 1,000 for selling Shobha Zarda without any health warning.

Another monitoring team on Sep 4 conducted similar drive at Karwan Bazar, when the team chief, an executive magistrate, was chased by wholesale vendors for fining them.

Source: bdnews24.com

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