CAA to check on rice stocks

By Lal Gunasekera

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) will carry out a survey to find out the quantities of paddy and rice available in State and private sector establishments today.

A report on the evaluation will be submitted by the Chairman of the CAA Rumy Marzook to the Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Johnston Fernando shortly.

This is consequent to Minister Fernando receiving confidential information that rice millers were preparing to jack up the price of a kilo of rice by Rs. 5.

Ministry sources revealed that Minister Fernando had directed the CAA authorities to conduct a thorough investigation in this regard and take necessary action against any trader or any mill owner found attempting to create an artificial shortage.

One hundred traders were apprehended in November for selling rice above the controlled price and legal action has been instituted against them.

The controlled price for Samba is Rs. 70 a kilo and Rs. 60 for Nadu, Red raw rice and White raw rice.

The Minister has further directed the CAA to step up raids and prosecute traders violating the Consumer Protection Act (CPA).

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