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Amendments in the legislation brought to enhance consumer protection, says Minister Sawmynaden

Date: May 13, 2020
Domain:Health; Consumer Protection
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS – 13 May, 2020: Government will, through the COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, better protect consumers by toughening the law against traders who cheat the public. The Consumer Protection (Price and Supplies Control) Act will, therefore, be amended to provide for tougher penalties, not with the objective to sanction traders but to address cases of abuse against consumers.


The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, made this statement, today, during his intervention on the introduction of the COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill and the Quarantine Bill, in the National Assembly.


According to him, traders not abiding by the law may face suspensions or revocation of their trade licenses. Once enacted, he underlined, the Act will provide fixed penalty notice which will be issued by an authorised officer who detects any offence including excessive pricing by traders. Once the trader is served a fixed penalty, the fine should be paid within 21 days. Unpaid fines would result into criminal proceedings, he pointed out.


The COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, underlined Mr Sawmynaden, will also bring amendments to the Landlord and Tenants Act, the Central Electricity Board Act and the Central Water Authority Act so as not to penalise persons or families who have not been able to pay their bills during the lockdown period.


He further recalled that, right from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Government has taken a series of bold actions to help and protect the population. With the adoption of new legislation, he underlined, amendments will be brought to numerous laws and the country will be in a better position to pursue its fight to curb the novel coronavirus and set the pace to combat any eventual communicable disease.


Following the adoption of the COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, underscored Minister Sawmynaden, normal activities of the population will have to be carried out in strict conditions, where wearing of facemasks, hand sanitising and social distancing will be an integral part of one’s daily life in a bid to avoid resurgence of the infection in Mauritius. Furthermore, sanitary and medical measures being implemented in the country are perfectly in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organzation, he recalled.


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