Traders booked, cautioned against unfair practices

NAHARLAGUN, May 2: Two traders in Old Ziro market in Lower Subansiri district were booked on Friday for indulging in unfair trade practices.
“They were booked for violation of the Packaged Commodities Rules, 2011,” Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs (LMCA) Controller Hoktum Ori informed in a release.
He asked the LMCA officers of all the districts to initiate stringent action against business persons who indulge in unfair trade practices to make profit, taking undue advantage of the present crisis.
Ori said his department has received several complaints about overpricing of essential commodities, particularly in Itanagar area.
After receiving complaints, officials of the department carried out sudden inspections at several shops, wholesale dealerships and the daily markets here and in Jullang village on Friday.
They inspected two wholesale dealerships near the BSNL office here and conducted test weight of the rice packets, and found no irregularities. The team also inspected the distributorship of cold drinks and allied products in Jullang village, and checked the sales record as well as the wholesale rates.
Stating that the distributor is offering a minimum of 6 percent retail margin on each product, ACLM Amrit Taba cautioned retailers of cold drinks to not sell the products above the maximum retail prices.
The officials also inspected the daily markets at C Sector and Akashdeep, where the traders have been directed to display the rates of essential commodities and vegetable items as fixed by the district administration.