SRINAGAR: Grocery (Kiryana) sellers seem to be the prime offenders violating the metrology rules with the Legal Metrology Department last fiscal imposing fine on 993 such traders, followed by mutton sellers who accounted for 252 offences.
Even though total of 2941 trade practices have attracted fines during the last financial year that accounted to Rs 26,63,100 fine has been generated for violation in Packaged Commodity Rules that has secured the department a fine of Rs 9,39800, followed by 993 kiryana dealers who had to pay Rs 3,98,400 as fine and 47 petrol dealers who have been fined Rs 2,27,200.
Among the government departments the Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs depots are the top offenders with 100 of these being panelized by the LMD, according to an official press note.
Apart from them only eight other government and semi government offices have been panelized. Three brick kiln owners too have also been fined by the department for making undersized bricks.
Leaving aside the fines, the department has also generated revenue from standardizing of the weights and measures in use with it generating revenue of Rs 44, 36,553 from traders for calibrating their weight and measure instruments.
The traders have to annually recalibrate their weights and measures they use for trade activity and get valid certification from the department.
LMD also covered 19,571 new traders under stamping of their measuring devices, with it also calibrating the digitised scales that are replacing the traditional weighing scales.
The departments officials maintain the traditional beam and counter scales are fast being replaced by the digitised ones that also need certification from the department.
Tanver Ahmad an official at the department told Kashmir Reader that almost 60 percent of the weighing scales that are received for certification are digital.
“The traditional scales were cumbersome and a trader had to produce an array of weights for stamping, but the digitised ones are less cumbersome” he said.
The department has got special testing labs to calibrate the instruments.