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During the interruption of water service Strenuous efforts by PACP in Al-Sharqiyah to reduce price manipulation

28/05/2019

The Department of Consumer Protection in North and South Sharqiyah has made vigorous efforts to ensure that prices are not manipulated in the two governorates as a result of the recent climatic conditions which have caused the interruption of water service, resulting in a severe water shortage.

 

 

The two departments formed teams of inspectors to be present in the locations of water tankers in order to inform the owners of these tanks of the need to adhere to prices and not to exploit these exceptional circumstances to raise prices to consumers, taking advantage of their need. The teams received the communications received from the consumer line and work to address them immediately.

The Department of Consumer Protection in South Sharqiyah established alternate teams of inspectors in Al Kamil and Al Wafi, Jalan Bani Buhsan, Jalan Bani Bu Ali, Al-Ashkharah, Asilah and the coastal areas as a result of water shortage due to the explosion of the main water pipe.

While the Department of North Sharqiyah formed five field task forces, and an integrated plan was developed covering all the governorate states. The Department has also coordinated directly with the Royal Oman Police and the Public Prosecution to deal directly with anyone who wishes to compromise consumer needs. Citizens were made aware of the need to report any abuses on the consumer line. The Department received a number of communications which were dealt with immediately. Some of the owners of the tankers have been referred to the police station to complete the legal proceedings. A team of control specialists was also set up to visit the Wilayat of Wadi Bani Khalid, which was one of the most affected by climatic conditions to ensure that traders do not exploit climatic conditions and raise the prices of consumer goods in shops and the availability of basic materials.

 

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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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