Taking advantage of the Diwali rush, firecracker sellers are tampering with the price tags and overcharging customers.
Cracking down on such traders, the food and supplies department has prosecuted 120 shopkeepers during a drive over the past three days.
“The drive to check such illegal practices will continue in the coming few days,” said SS Yadav, commissioner, food and supplies. He said 30 special teams had been constituted for the purpose.
Government sources said the prosecuted traders would have to pay fines ranging between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 1 lakh. Repeat offenders may face imprisonment up to a maximum of one year.
“Most inspections were conducted at wholesale markets across the city, including Sadar Bazar. A number of traders, who have got licences to sell firecrackers in local markets and residential colonies, are under our scanner. Our teams are visiting such shops,” said a senior Delhi government official.
“During the inspection, our staff found that a number of products didn’t have stickers about product information. In some cases, traders had tampered with the maximum retail price (MRP) to overcharge customers,” said another government official.
Officials said such practice increases during festive season. They cautioned customers that commodities sold in packaged form must have detailed information about the product, details of ingredients, the name and address of the manufacturer, maximum retail price, etc.
“No form of overwriting or tampering with the MRP is allowed. We had received a few complaints about malpractice during sale of packaged commodities following which we decided to carry out inspections across the city. Our teams inspected wholesale and retail premises in major markets of the city and booked a number of traders,” added the official.