Goa State Horticulture Corporation Ltd (GSHCL) outlet owners were caught red handed selling vegetables for a price higher than the controlled rates recommended by the corporation, during a random check by GSHCL officials.
GSHCL Director Orlando Rodrigues said that GHSCL has warned around 300 cart owners guilty of cheating common man by charging higher rates. The officials were shocked by the fact that these outlets were selling vegetables at wholesale rates to bigger business outlets than the common man.
Initially when the officials discovered the scam, they withdrew 44 carts but later placed them back keeping in mind public convenience.
The corporation at a recent board meeting decided to grant three opportunities to the franchises in which first they will be issued warning, later penalty of 2000, third would be penalty of 5,000 and finally, if they don’t change their ways, their cart will be withdrawn permanently.
The vegetables available at these carts are potatoes, onions, tomatoes, carrots, green chillies, cabbage, cauliflower, lady finger, french beans and cluster beans among others. The GSHCL has directed the vendors to display the price list to enable the buyer to know the actual prices.
Besides, they have to compulsorily use the weighing balance stamped and certified by the Department of Weights and Measures.