Saturday, April 11, 2020

Seven years imprisonment for traders indulging in overpricing of Essential Commodities

Traders advised to refrain from unfair trade practices

Port Blair, Apr 9: Instances have come to the notice of this Administration, related to overpricing of Essential goods by the traders in the UT of A&N Islands especially Rice, Atta, Pulses, Sugar, Edible Oils, Salt, Agriculture produce etc. during the lockdown period. In order to avert the possibility of hoarding and black-marketing, profiteering and speculative trading so as to ensure that price rise of essential goods do not take place, the A&N Administration has also issued a Notification under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 to regulate the wholesale & retail price of all Essential goods during the lockdown period. Traders and consumers are informed that the rates of all Agro-horticultural products in the UT shall never exceed the extent of rates prevailed in the market prior to lockdown due to COVID-19. 
Traders involved in the sale of essential commodities including rice, atta, pulses, sugar, edible oils, salt, vegetables, fruits etc. have been advised to refrain from unfair trade practices such as black marketing, hoarding etc with the malicious intention of creating artificial crisis which shall ultimately lead to exploitation of consumers by charging over and above the actual rate of the commodities in this extraordinary emergency situation. It is also to bring to the notice of all concerned that the offences under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 are Criminal Offences and shall result in imprisonment of 7 years or fine or both. Offenders shall also be detained under the Prevention of Black marketing and Maintenance of supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980.
The consumers are advised to be vigilant and inform the matter related to overcharging of any essential commodity to the notice of the Director, Directorate of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Port Blair via text message on mobile number 9434266828 or to the Control Room over Toll free Phone No. 18003453197 & on Ph No: 03192-234062.

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