SRINAGAR: Intensifying market inspections, the field executives of Legal Metrology Department (LMD) booked 63 erring traders and has also recovered a fine of Rs 1, 25,300 from them for violating Legal Metrology Laws across Kashmir in the past 7- days.
During the market inspection, it was found that the drug stores were found offering for sale the Face-Masks and sanitizers which were without adequate labeling. Moreover, the department received a number of complaints of overcharging on edible oil.
In one instance, a consumer was charged Rs. 880/- for a 5 kg edible oil pack when MRP printed on the label of the pack was only Rs. 770/- The case was registered against the retailer and a penal sum of Rs. 5000/- was slapped on him for the over-charging. Under Legal Metrology Laws, it is an offence to charge more than MRP printed on the pre-packaged commodities.
It is worth-mentioning here that the Govt. is not fixing prices of edible-oils in the UT of J&K.
However, in case a trader charges more than MRP printed on the label of the product by the manufacturer, the department may be contacted on the toll-free No. 1800-180-7114 during office hours.