RAJOURI: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Friday said the government was committed to protect and safeguard the rights of consumers against unscrupulous trade practices by modernising and strengthening the department. The construction of working standard laboratories in various districts and research labs in state is one of the important steps in this direction, said the minister.
The minister was speaking at a function after inaugurating the Working Standard Lab (WSL) of Legal Metrology Department here at Rajouri. Constructed with a cost of Rs. 80 lakh in stipulated time of one year by J&K Housing Board Department, the laboratory will ensure standardisation in measurements to the trading community and people in the district, an official handout read.
While highlighting the performance of the legal metrology department, Zulfkar said “the department regulates as well as maintains uniformity and accuracy in all weight and measuring instruments used by the traders”.
The minister directed DDC Rajouri for early completion of compound wall of the newly constructed building, leveling of land and stressed for effective monitoring and strict enforcement of various laws and acts of the department aimed at safeguarding the interests and rights of consumers. He further stated that the present dispensation was “working earnestly towards creating a conducive and comfortable atmosphere for its employees so that they deliver the best to the public”, the handout added.