Govt. earned Rs 30 mn in four months from errant traders - Johnston

by Saman Indrajith

The government has received an income of 30 million rupees from the fines imposed on errant traders during the last four months, Consumer Affairs and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando told Parliament yesterday. Minister Fernando said the Consumer Affairs Authority had increased the number of raids by 100 percent to arrest errant traders.

"In 2007 the CAA conducted 3,661 raids, in 2008, 3,716, and in 2009, 4,517 raids. This year, upto October, the number had increased to 6,577. From May to October alone, the number of raids was 5,361. This was a hundred percent increase in raids."

The income generated by the CAA through means of raids was always around one billion rupees. This year the income has increased to over Rs. 3 billion already," he said.

Minister Fernando was responding to a question raised by UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake.

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