Taskforce starts investigating 28 traders

Naikabula resident Kameli Nukumarawa joins the line for the Homes-Care Assistance at Shirley Park in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE taskforce set up by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission and Consumer Council of Fiji to investigate traders is waiting on 28 traders to furnish it with information. FCCC chief executive officer Joel Abraham said the taskforce had started investigations into two programs under the CARE for Fiji program, which are the HOMES-CARE and FARMS-CARE initiatives.

He said 16 traders under the HOMES-CARE initiative and 12 traders under the FARMS-CARE initiative have been given notices, whereby they are required to supply information to the taskforce.

“Once the required information is received from the traders/vendors, a proper analysis will be done in order to ascertain whether the complaints received against them on abuse of the initiatives are correct,” Mr Abraham said.

“It has come to light that some traders are taking advantage of the initiatives by hiking prices of items to be sold under the initiative. “Further, some traders seem to be accepting payments and asking for the items to be delivered at a later date. “Those who will be found to be in breach of the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission Act 2010 (FCCC Act 2010) will be taken to task.”

Apart from the 28 businesses that were issued notices, the taskforce has so far received a total of 20 complaints since the setting up of the taskforce a week ago.

He added the taskforce was undertaking ground investigations regarding them.

“In the meantime, consumers are being urged to exercise caution when utilising the funds under the Care-initiatives,” he said.

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