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Al-Batinah North: Awareness campaign titled (In touch with you) for the mountainous areas and villages

17/09/2017

The Directorate General of Consumer Protection in Al-Batinah North Governorate will launch an initiative (In touch with you) which is a comprehensive awareness campaign for the mountainous areas and villages in Al-Batinah North Governorate. The activities of the campaign will last till February of 2018, this initiative is a part of the relentless effort from the directorate to directly communicate with consumers through awareness and using all the possible means to get the PACP message through to all segments of the community.

 

Mr. Abdulrahman Salim Al-Qasimi, the Director General of Consumer Protection stated that this initiative comes from the directorate care to intensify awareness campaigns and to know the needs of the consumers in all aspects, it also presents awareness messages through outlining the rights and basic duties to the consumers in a simple manner and to discuss the aspects of consumers concerns through dealing with traders, and also to find out the problems they face in the markets.
Mr.Al-Qasimi added: This initiative means to be always present with the consumers so everyone can view what is new continuously, explaining, that this initiative has distinctive characteristics than the other routine awareness campaigns, as the directorate is aiming at reaching consumers in their own places and spread the consumer awareness in a smart and innovative way, in addition to dedicate time for discussion and answering inquiries and discussing topics with the consumers in a friendly manner with regard to their rights and duties and, also familiarizing them with fraud and how to identify it and fight it and provide information for safe shopping.
He also added that the visits to the mountainous areas will cover various villages in the governorate by a full team of female employees of the directorate and also cover areas where women from mountainous villages meet, in order to share knowledge and listen to remarks, as well as provide the highest awareness possible through awareness package that includes Consumer Protection leaflets and booklets, Child related awareness materials, women related awareness publications such as choosing beauty items and other booklets. They will be provided with Consumer Protection communication lines such as the hotline and the phone numbers of PACP branches.
Mr. Al-Qasimi outlined the mechanism of the initiative, that the first phase will include defining the places to be visited then getting in touch with the authorities concerned and confirming the date of the visits for various sites of meeting, in order to reach the largest number of consumers. He further indicated that the Consumer Awareness taskforce in the mentioned areas, will identify with the consumers areas of interest and respond to the inquires relating to the general services provided by PACP and take suggestions as well as identify areas of development.
The campaign will kick off in the mid of September and last till February of 2018 in all the wilayats of Al-Batinah North Governorate starting from Suhar and ending in Al-Suwaiq.

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 No one imagined that greed and deviousness would reach such a staggering level that thought exist only in movies and investigative drama shows , yet it became a stark reality when some merchants sought to make a profit on the account of health and safety of the young and adults alike utilizing the God-given intellect that they posses into destruction and evil instead of serving public good , the devious plan used ( Back to school ) season by carving holes inside books and hiding chewing tobacco inside in away from the inspectors notice targeting the younger generation with these destructive materials that effect the health , mind and safety of our kids .
 The Judicial officers noticed that consumers come very frequently to a specific shop during one of the inspection tours which raised their suspicions to strengthening the monitoring and follow up on that matter , students were spotted in the shop as well , the Officers expediently intervened to inspect the shop , the inspection did not reveal anything at first , however , the officers noticed a stack of books and decided to inspect it , surprisingly , they found more than 600 pouches of chewing tobacco on its way to be sold and distributed on consumers and students , the officers immediately issued a violation and referred the case to the General Prosecution to deal with the matter as per the Law


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