LMD charges Rs 19,900 fine from erring traders

KATHUA: The Legal Metrology Department on Friday charged Rs 19,900 fine from erring traders during market checking.
A team headed by the assistant controller Legal Metrology Ajay Kumar Verma conducted intensive checking of general stores, hardware stores, sweet shops, flour mills, karayana shops, fruit/vegetable sellers, provision stores, mustard oil dealers in Kathua market, Nagri Adda, Logate Morh and adjoining areas.
During inspection more than 30 traders from various sectors were inspected and six of them were compounded and a penalty of Rs 19900 was charged from them for violation of different provision of J&K Weights and Measures Enforcement (amendment) Act 2011 and Package Commodities Rules.
The inspection team also booked a Punjab based firm for selling mustard oil without mandatory declarations as required under packages commodities rules.
After going through the number of correspondences with the company representative and on the assurance of the company not to repeat the same fault in future, the case was compounded by imposing a penalty of Rs 10,000.
The department has directed all the traders to only use the weights and measures and related instruments that have been verified and authenticated by the Legal Metrology Department,   ensure that maximum retail price (MRP), date of packing (PKD), net contents and complete address of the manufacturer/packer and consumer care number are declared on the commodities to be sold in package form as per PCR.
The department has also warned the unscrupulous traders to desist away from using unfair trade and anti consumers Practices to cheat the innocent Consumers and also appealed to the Consumers to remain vigilant while purchasing the Commodities.