According to Chittagong district administration sources said now only six executive magistrates are struggling with their regular duties while others 14 magistrates are receiving training.
Though authorities are suffering from shortage of executive magistrates, consumer rights activists in the port city demanded regular monitoring over the market to keep prices of essentials under control and to check food adulteration.
On demands of activists, Md Shamsul Arefin, deputy commissioner of Chittagong, at a seminar held on October 25 on Consumers’ Right Protection, assured city dwellers that the market monitoring drives would be intensified further.
During a recent visit to different kitchen markets of the city, magistrates found that very few grocers were displaying mandatory price chart. On the other hand, a few number displayed their price chart at the corner far from the sight of the buyers.
During the drive, the executive magistrates visited to 22 kitchen markets in the city and verbally warned the traders to display the price charts and preserve all purchase documents.
As per the Consumers’ Right Protection Act-2009, if any person violates any obligation, imposed by any Act or rules, of displaying the price-list of goods by affixing it at a conspicuous place of his shop or organisation, he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or with fine not exceeding Tk 50,000, or both.
Venting his displeasure, SM Nazer Hossain, vice president of the CAB said that the market monitoring should continue on a regular basis.
The rights activist suggested that as the local administration struggles with so many works Consumer Rights Protection Department and Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) should play an important and enhance their activities.
Masuqur Rahman, additional deputy commissioner (General) of Chittagong said: “We are conducting drives on a regular basis despite facing acute shortage of executive magistrates.”