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Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) is creating a voluntary consumer society in every town to spy on unlawful traders, Minister of Trade Johnston Fernando said.

“We can no longer do it alone we need the public to tip us of the unlawful traders and we will take them to book,” Minister Fernando said. According to him the CAA will help create a database of voluntary members from each town to spy and report to them about traders who cheat the public.

Minister Fernando said that although it was a punishable offence that many traders do not display a price list for their goods.

The Ministry invited members of the public to contact the CAA and register themselves as members of the voluntary consumer society, Minister Fernando said. The Minister hopes that this initiative will help the CAA achieve its goal for 2011 which is to file 6000 cases per month against unlawful traders, Minister Fernando said.

Meanwhile the CAA will be recruiting another 65 officers in an attempt to expand their raiding officers, Minister Fernando said. (Sumaiya Rizvi)

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  • Saradial Tuesday, 25 January 2011 01:57 AM

    Its good, need Spy on Government officers, police officers,etc too.

    Abdul Tuesday, 25 January 2011 02:45 AM

    Good move, but I'd rather complain unanimously than register my name and complain, after all we are still living in the banana republic

    azath Tuesday, 25 January 2011 02:43 AM

    un-trained persons will exploit the situation, more strict punishments and canceling the licenses would bring the changes.

    Tarzan Tuesday, 25 January 2011 02:51 AM

    Who will be monitoring these volunteers?

    ASBASTUS Tuesday, 25 January 2011 02:58 AM

    That's good idea.. as well as opposition politicos...

    Saman Tuesday, 25 January 2011 03:39 AM

    That is y they are asking for volunteers!! to stop from taking bribes..as volunteers would not be getting paid anyway.

    Wara Tuesday, 25 January 2011 03:41 AM

    It's a better idea !!

    knight rider Tuesday, 25 January 2011 04:20 AM

    good idea. everyone and everything needs to be monitored for the betterment and discipline sake

    Amal Perera Tuesday, 25 January 2011 04:53 AM

    Aren't there any spies to curb the middleman who exploits the consumer by manipulating prices?

    Cobra Tuesday, 25 January 2011 12:26 PM

    Cheetah and his clan!!!

    Ravana Tuesday, 25 January 2011 09:34 AM

    The continued growth of a police state. Everybody sneaking on everybody else and further break down in law and order.

    What a disaster !

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 24 January 2011 04:55 PM

    How about forming a volunteer force from the public to spy on what the government ministers are doing?

    Rajitha Monday, 24 January 2011 05:00 PM

    wow cool

    Bernard Monday, 24 January 2011 05:39 PM

    What a shortsighted move those traders will buy these guys or these guys tell the trader I shall report you unless you hand me few rupees, both parties happy and the play goes on.

    Mushi Monday, 24 January 2011 05:41 PM

    This is a good move. There are so many errant traders who do not comply consumer protection law. Spy on the PHO's too who do not do their duty properly.

    citizen1 Monday, 24 January 2011 05:58 PM

    Desperate times, desperate measures...

    Anemagekata Tuesday, 25 January 2011 12:48 AM

    Looks like a a prelude to the army getting into the grocery business.


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