Oct 31, Colombo: The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) of Sri Lanka has earned Rs. 86 million in fines during the first ten months of the year.
The agency which is under the Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade has collected Rs 86 million in court fines from 27,853 raids carried out on errant traders island wide.
The raids had been conducted from January to October this year.
The highest number of raids amounting to 2,434 has been carried out in the Colombo district and the Authority earned Rs 10 million from them as court fines.
The CAA has also carried out raids in Gampaha, Kandy, Kurunegala, Kegalle, Puttalam and other districts.
The raids have been carried out on traders who have violated the Consumer Protection Act by selling and displaying food items unsuitable for human consumption, selling and displaying expired food items, changing set prices and selling them at excessive rates, selling electrical appliances without issuing warranty cards, not displaying price lists and violating orders, rules and regulations imposed by the Consumer Affairs Authority.
According to the Ministry, it is daily receiving complaints on fraud, malpractices and corruption committed by errant traders.