Bhubaneswar, 20/11: Gold jewelers across the state are cheating consumers. This was admitted by none other than the consumer welfare minister Ranendra Pratap Swain in the state assembly on Wednesday.
The minister said the consumer welfare department had raided 31 jewelry shop during 2018-19 and 11 shops during the current year. The highest number of such shops were found to have cheated the consumers in Cuttack and Balasore, as found from the results of the raids.
As per the list furnished by the minister during the Question Hour on Wednesday, there are as many 7 jewelry shops in Cuttack, six in Balasore and four in Khordha.
Why the department did not have conducted raids in Bhubaneswar and Berhampur cities, asked Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro. He asked two weights and measures inspectors posted in the above two cities to show cause.
The officials have been directed to furnish the list containing the number of jewelry shops that cheated the consumers and the quantity.