Udupi, April 03: Shortage of supplies and a few hours of LockDown relaxation to purchase goods, has made many merchants and vendors making the best use of the crisis.
If some vendors charge exorbitant some fool the people by selling short weight. Even those consumers who come to know about this prefer to be silent as they are badly in need of goods and any argument would only put them in a fix.
However, complaints from some individuals and media reports had grabbed the attention of the officials who have now started taking strict measures against such vendors and merchants who cheat the people at the time of crisis.
In Udupi district, Deputy Commissioner G Jagadeesh directed the officials of Legal Metrology Department (Weight and Measure) to undertake a surprise visit and take necessary action.
The team comprising of Gajendra V, Assistant Controller of the Department of Legal Metrology (Weight and Measure), Udupi Inspector Ragya Nayak and Mudabidri inspector Manjappa B.S undertook checking at several shops and imposed fine on those found cheating the people.
The team examined the vegetable shops, grocery stores, poultry and meat shops in Udupi city.
The officials found two incidents of the shops selling short weight and one case of selling over MRP. Cases have been booked against those shops and a fine of Rs 8,000 has been recovered.
Officials have directed the vegetable shops to display the price list in front of their stores. They also warned that strict action would be taken if the grocery shops sell items like rice, pulses, and sugar at a higher rate.