Srinagar, June 9: The Legal Metrology Department has intensified the market inspections in city Srinagar and elsewhere in districts to prevent unfair trade practices to be conducted by unscrupulous traders so as to protect the interests of consumers.
The department in the city booked about two dozen erring commercial establishments including 10 bakery/sweet shops, 3 Hotels and Restaurants, 5 kiryana merchants, 3 Mutton sellers, 2 vegetable sellers etc for violating Legal Metrology laws.
A penal sum of Rs 38000 has been collected on spot from the defaulters. The inspecting team observed that the traders are selling the products like dates, breads, sandwiches and other bakery items, tea etc in packed form without adequate labeling and using faulty or unreverified weights and measures.
Under Legal Metrology Act 2009 every pre-packaged commodity shall carry on the label prominently and legibly the mandatory declarations such as MRP, Packing/Manufacturing date, Net Quantity, address of Manufacturing/Packing Company with consumer care details so that the consumer may make a rational choice while making purchases.
Moreover, Assistant Controller Budgam, Ganderbal and Pulwama have imposed a fine of Rs 27,800, Rs9,200, and Rs 16,900 upon 15,19,12 erring traders respectively in their districts .The consumers are requested to exert their rights while buying any product and have a right to bargain on the declared prices on the products. In case of any complaint, the consumers are informed to approach the concerned Legal Metrology Officer. (CNS)