Tough fines to be imposed on anyone violating gas price structure

Tough fines will be imposed on anyone violating the new gas price structure, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said today.

Along with the June 29 price reduction on a 12.5 Kg gas cylinder the prices of 5 Kg and 2.3 Kg LPG gas cylinders have also been reduced.

The Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has instructed the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) to raid errant retailers who violate the new price structure.

“The Government is working to reduce the cost of living. We warn all retailers to pass these LPG gas savings to consumers immediately. CAA will not spare any violators. Consumers can contact CAA hotlines to inform about violations,” Minister Bathiudeen said.

Anyone found guilty can be fined or imprisoned under Section 60 of Act No 9 of 2003.

The fine is between 5000 -50000 or one year imprisonment in the first offence for an individual and any subsequent offence (by the person) Rs 10000-100,000 fine or a maximum of two year imprisonment or both.

A fine of Rs 50,000-1000,000 or a maximum of two year imprisonment can be imposed on a company on the first instance of a violation and Rs 100,000-2,000,000 for a subsequent offence.

Consumers can complain via the CAA hotlines 0117755481-3 and 1977.

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