SRINAGAR: The state is contemplating to set up separate directorate offices for Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs departments for “effective enforcement and promotion of consumer protection rights” in the state, the Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD), Choudhary Zulfkar Ali, said on Tuesday.
“Concerted efforts are being made to strengthen the Legal Metrology Department (LMD) and its allied wings for effective enforcement and implementation of updated consumer protection rights in letter and spirit,” the minister said, addressing a gathering after inaugurating the newly-constructed building of LMD at Bemina here.
The issue of establishing separate directorate offices, he said, will be placed before the state cabinet for the government to take “a positive decision” in this regard in the earliest.
It is to play an “effective role” in providing and maintaining quality of essential commodities, he said.
He said the CAPD department is also reviewing the enforcement rules to “delegate required powers” to the line departments both at divisional and district level.
Meanwhile, the minister informed that the LMD complex cum scientific laboratory has been constructed at a cost of Rs 1.82 crore and is to be equipped with hi-tech infrastructure facilities to ensure standardisation and calibration of all kinds of equipments, and checking quality of essential commodities.
“It will also facilitate and verify the stamp of the weighing, and measuring instruments used in trade and other industrial purposes,” he said.
Enumerating various “reformative initiatives” taken by the CAPD department, the minister said, standardisation and calibration of different instruments and goods was the “biggest challenge” as the state did not have any scientific laboratory to address these issues.
He assured representatives of the consumer forum that the government would provide “full cooperation” to them, and appealed different organisations to work in unison to organise awareness programmes for sensitising the consumers.