Thursday, April 23, 2020

Millers directed to display rate of services provided; stringent action to be initiated against violators

Exorbitant charging over prevailing market rates by millers

Port Blair, Apr 23
    Various complaints have been received by the Department of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs from the general public regarding exorbitant charging over the prevailing market rates by the millers in the UT for grinding of whole wheat and rice into flour. This act is not only unethical but also is a gross violation of various Acts and Rules framed by the Government of India in this regard to safeguard the interest of the public.
    Taking a serious note of this matter and to clarify further, all the millers engaged in grinding of whole wheat and rice in this UT have been directed to charge not more than Rs. 7/- per kg from the customers. It is also directed to display the rate of all the services provided by the millers at their premises in a conspicuous manner for the information of the general public. The Enforcement Team of this Department will be undertaking vigorous drives to discourage any unfair trade practices. The traders have also been strictly warned to refrain themselves from such malpractice or else stringent penal actions would be taken against the violators under provisions of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and the Rules framed there under.
    The Consumers of this UT have also been advised to inform/complaint regarding any malpractice by any person/shop/establishment coming to their notice to the Director (CS&CA) via text message only on mobile number 9434266828. The same can also be brought to the notice of the Department of CS&CA in writing or over Toll Free No. 18003453197 or Control Room Telephone No. 03192-234062.

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