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Consumers being cheated by manipulating weight of sweet cartons

Narsingdi Correspondent

Some unscrupulous traders are selling sweets in overweight cartons in the hope of making extra profit in shops across Narsingdi district.

The buyers are cheating by not getting the right weight of sweets. The National Department of Consumer Protection says these companies are being fined for conducting regular campaigns.

Buyers said that most of the sweet shops in all the upazilas of the district were selling sweets in overweight cartons. In this way, the buyers are cheating by buying sweets and other food items and getting less in weight. The unscrupulous traders are not listening to the objections of the buyers. The sweet shopkeepers are making extra weight cartons by ordering and selling sweets in these and cheating the buyers by making extra profit.

Based on the complaints of the buyers, it was seen that the sweet traders were selling sweets in cartons weighing 220 to 240 grams. Cartons weighing 180 grams and 140 grams have also been kept in these shops. In addition, only to avoid legal complications, cartons weighing only 60 grams or 6 grams are arranged in the name of one’s own business. Sweets are not sold in these arranged cartons.

Buyers allege that Deepa Sweetmeat, Pipasa Sweetmeat, Snack Sweetmeat, Muslim Sweetmeat and several other shops in Madhabadi Bazar are cheating the buyers.

When asked, the owner of Deepa Sweetmeat, Chitta Ghosh, said, “If buyers buy sweets in cartons weighing 60 grams, they sell them at Tk 220 per kg and if they buy sweets in cartons weighing 220 grams, they sell them at Tk 180 per kg.” He could not be reached for comment.

Pabita Sweetmeat owner Pabitra Chandra Ghosh said, “Although the Sweetmeat Association has promised to sell sweets in cartons weighing 50 grams, I am also selling sweets as some shopkeepers are selling sweets in overweight cartons.” But from now on I will not sell sweets in overweight cartons.

Chandan Kumar Saha, general secretary of the Sweetmeat Association, said, “Even though the shopkeepers are supposed to sell sweets with the right weight cartons, they are not listening to us.” They are selling sweets with overweight cartons.

Md Anwar Hossain, general secretary of Madhabadi Bazar Merchant Association, said, “We are not aware of any allegation of selling sweets in overweight cartons.” However, if this happens, the association will take necessary action against the accused traders.

Abdus Salam, assistant director of the Narsingdi district office of the National Consumer Rights Protection Department, told this correspondent on his mobile phone that in order to protect consumer rights, fines are often levied by conducting raids in various shops.

Action is also taken if any buyer or consumer complains. Necessary action will be taken if the allegation of selling sweets in overweight cartons is proved in the investigation.

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