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Legal metrology officials crack the whip on erring traders

Legal metrology officials inspecting a jewellery shop in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.

Legal metrology officials inspecting a jewellery shop in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.  

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34 cases related to error in scale, purity standards booked in two days, says IGP

In an attempt to check the malpractice related to measurements at shops and other commercial establishments this festival season, the Legal Metrology Department has launched a drive against the erring traders.

Five special teams have been formed and the officials are inspecting the scales, weighing machines and packaging material at shops and other business establishments.

“In the last two days, 34 cases have been registered against the erring traders in the city, of which 18 cases have been registered against the owners of gold and jewellery shops. Sixteen cases have been booked against the owners of sweet stalls and other shops,” IGP and Controller of Legal Metrology Department, M. Kanta Rao told The Hindu on Thursday.

The drive is aimed at detecting cheating cases and it would continue across the State until Christmas and New Year, he added.

Around 100 shops have been inspected at Kuruppam Market and elsewhere in the city and malpractice pertaining to errors in electronic scales have been found.

Two cases related to failure to mention the purity of gold and nine more for non-verification scales have been booked, Mr. Rao said.

During the inspection, several sweet shops were found including the weight of packaging material with the eatables.

Citing an example, Mr. Rao said some pastry shops were found using packaging boxes of different weight. A compound fee of up to ₹25,000 would be imposed on them.

Penalty

Referring to penalty, he said the special teams would imposing fine up to ₹50,000 for errors in scale, ₹5,000 to ₹10,000 for failure to mention the purity of gold (karat) on jewellery, and up to ₹10,000 for non-verification of scales.

“We do not want to send the message that we are harassing traders. Our main objective is to convince them to strictly adhere to the rules and regulations,” Mr. Rao said.

Awareness campaign

The Legal Metrology Department has launched a campaign to educate the consumers on their rights.

“Several measures have been initiated to implement Legal Metrology Act of 2009 and Legal Metrology Rules of 2011. Special teams are organising meetings to sensitise the stakeholders on the rules,” said Mr. Rao.

The department has recently intensified digital campaign to create awareness among consumers. It has started a Facebook page and is planning to make arrangements to receive complaints on WhatsApp. “Aggrived consumers can lodge complaints by dialling 18004254202 during the working hours. They can also send mails to clm-ap@nic.in,” Mr. Rao said.

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