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Coinciding with the Holy month of Ramadan Consumer Protection is ready to control and monitor the market

25/05/2017

With the advent of the Holy month of Ramadan 1438 AH, Consumer Protection, throughout its directorates across Oman, recently increased its efforts to monitor and control the markets to maintain price stability in the market, and ensure the availability of sufficient quantities of goods, especially basic goods needed by the consumers for their Ramadan table, considering the exceptional movement throughout Oman during this month.

 

Prior to the start of the month, all the directorates made its plans to increase the market control and the mechanisms for enforcing the laws and regulations concerned with consumer protection to prevent any unjustified price increase and taking advantage of the holy month. The directorates formed inspection teams comprising of the law enforcement agents and stores inspectors to check any violation throughout the month, considering that certain traders try to take advantage of the month and increase their prices. The teams will monitors all the markets, including fruits and vegetables, cattle, butcheries, car dealers, textiles, Omani clothes, tailors, perfumes and incense outlets, and sweets shops, etc. of direct interest to the consumers, in addition to verifying the Ramadan promotions and its consistency with the advertisemrnts consistent with the applicable procedures. The teams will be checking and monitoring the markets morning and evening, throughout the month, to ensure market stability.
Several meeting were arranged with the shopping malls management throughout Oman to stress the importance of price stability, and coordinate with them on the presentation of the Ramadan baskets to the consumers in Oman at the lowest price.
On the other hand, the directorates focused on educating the consumers and increasing their cultural understanding by organizing several awareness lectures and events in a number of organizations, in addition to awareness campaigns targeting consumers in the markets and drivers and introduced them to their rights and duties, way for safe shopping, verify the price and compare it with the price at the cashier and keeping the purchase invoice, and also distributed awareness booklets and brochures.

 

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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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