SRINAGAR: Fare-meters have been installed in 80 per cent of auto-rickshaws operating in the state, the Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Choudhary Zulfkar, said on Monday.
“80 per cent metering has been done in auto-rickshaws as per the directions issued earlier. More initiatives are being taken to ensure accountability in providing better facilities to public,” he said, as per a handout issued here.
The minister, according to the release, was addressing a gathering after inaugurating laboratory-cum-office complex of Legal Metrology Department (LMD) at Transport Nagar, Narwal in Jammu.
The complex has been constructed at a cost of Rs 1.47 crore by J&K Housing Board. Zulfkar said the newly-constructed complex has been equipped with “latest and hi-tech weighing and measuring instruments, calibration facility of essential commodities, mobile devices, medical equipment, and Karat Meter for testing purity of gold ornaments”.
He said it is “a major achievement” towards “improving and streamlining” functioning of the department.
He said with the establishment of “the state-of-the-art” laboratory, the department would be able to deliver services “more professionally and effectively” to protect consumers against unfair trade practices.
The minister underscored the need for support of society and trade fraternity to identify the “black sheep” in the market to help the department act as a “good facilitator”.
He stressed on “effective monitoring and strict enforcement” of various laws and Acts that are aimed at safeguarding the interests and rights of consumers and to ensure transparency.