LMD launches drive against unscrupulous traders
A team of Legal Metrology Department (LMD) headed by Ajay Kumar Verma, Assistant Controller, Mohsin Khateeb Inspector conducted extensive checking of various business establishments at National Highway from Jatwal to Bari Brahmna to guard against the unfair trade practices during the ongoing Shri Amarnath Yatra. During inspection of more than 250 traders of different business establishments, including Karyana shops, Atta Chacki, ration dealers, ice cream, fertilizers stores, goldsmith, cement dealers , general stores, bakery units, poultry sellers, meat sellers, hardware stores, sweet shops, Hotel 17 Miles and other industrial units were inspected with regard to various provisions of JK Standard of Weights and Measures Enforcement Act 2011(Amended) and Packages Commodities Rules. In all 30 traders were Challaned and booked for violations of various provisions .Out of these five traders were booked for violation of Packages Commodities Rules, 14 for non production of verification certificate at the time of inspection and 11 for non reverification of weighing and measuring instruments on the due date. The department booked Janta Fruit Ice Cream Samba, hardware store Vijaypur and leading restaurant Vijaypur for violation of Packages Commodities Rules and other provisions of J and K Weights and Measures Enforcement Act 2011. The LMD in all recovered a penal amount of Rs 42,400 from the defaulters. Besides this, the department directed all the traders to use only verified weights and measures for business transactions and display MRP, PKD, Net Contents and complete address and Customer Care Number on the commodities to be sold in package Form.
The department has also warned the unscrupulous traders to desist from using unfair trade practices to cheat the innocent consumers in general and specially during ongoing Shri Amar Nath Yatra and also appealed to the consumers to remain vigilant while purchasing the commodities.