Srinagar, May 13: Prompted by public complaints that retail drug stores operating in Soura area of summer capital Srinagar are selling medical and surgical goods in pre-packaged form without carrying the mandatory declarations on their labels, a team of officers from Legal Metrology Department headed by Joint Controller, Amar Singh conducted a surprise inspection of medical stores of the area.
The Surgical and medical devices are covered under Legal Metrology Act, 2009. During the inspection, it was observed that the drug stores are offering for sale the medical and surgical devices which are without the obligatory declarations such as MRP, Pkd, Net quantity, complete address, e-mail address, consumer grievance cell number.
“In absence of these declarations on the label, the rights of customers are infringed upon. The consumer is not able to assess the authenticity of the product. Moreover, in absence of price on the label of the surgical and medical products, there is every apprehension that the retailer may charge undue price,” an official from Legal Metrology Department told CNS.
The Deputy Controller (Consumer Protection) Kashmir registered the challans against the two multinational companies (surgical) namely B. D. International India Pvt Ltd Gurgoan,Haryana and Covidien Healthcare Pvt Ltd Haryana for violating the labeling norms as prescribed under Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.
The companies confessed the lapses and ensured the department that their future supplies of products shall carry all the mandatory declarations in legible and prominent manner. The Joint Controller slapped a fine Rs 100,000 on these two defaulting companies. (CNS)