Consumer authority conducts over 10,000 raids, collects Rs48mn fines


July 04, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Consumer Affairs Authority has conducted more than 10,000 raids in the first half of this year, latest data showed.

As per the data submitted by Ministry of Industry and Commerce for July 2016, the authority has conducted 10,146 raids from January to June this year showing a marginal decline from 2015’s first half total of 10,162.

Highest monthly raids are reported in the pre-new year season; in March at 1,874 while the lowest raids took place in June with 1,468 raids.

Consumer Affairs Authority said a similar monthly pattern was seen in last year raids as well.

The three leading districts this year are Kurunegala (1,464), Kegalle (1,305) and Kandy (1,286). The lowest raids this year has been reported from Hambantota district (680).

Collected total fines were 45.7 million rupees, a 55 percent increase from last year first half’s 29.3 million rupees.

Districts of Colombo (Rs4.1mn), Jaffna (Rs3mn) and Kurunagala (Rs3mn) topped this year’s fines list while Hambanthota (Rs1mn), being the lowest. Vavuniya is at exact mid-spot with 2.1 million rupees fines.

Among the offences on which raids were made are sale of food products not fit for consumption, non-display of prices and not issuing warranties for electrical items.

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