The Department of Legal Metrology conducted a massive drive on Sunday ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Goa regarding the use of weights and measures including measuring instruments, except for packaged commodities under the provisions of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 read with the Packaged Commodities Rules, 2011.
43 cases in total were booked in Goa which included 23 cases of packaged commodities and 20 enforcement cases were booked across the state for violation of the Legal Metrology Act 2009.
In Packaged Commodities cases, it was a matter of non-declaration of the mandatory declaration for firecrackers, packages of mobile accessories and packages of dried fruit. Enforcement cases related to the use of unverified weighing scales while supplying essential commodities and associated measures.
A total of 15 cases were booked in the south zone-I comprising Salcete and Mormugao talukas, while 18 cases including enforcement cases were booked in the north zone comprising Pernem, Bicholim, Bardez, and Sattari talukas, and 11 cases were booked in the central zone which comprises of Tiswadi and Ponda talukas.
The raids were conducted under the guidance of Arun N Panchwadkar, Assistant Controller (Packaged Commodities) and Prasad S Shirodkar, Controller, (Legal Metrology).
The Legal Metrology department informed that before buying any commodities weighed on a weighing instrument, customers should 1st inspect whether the weighing instrument is verified and also check the verification certificate issued by the Legal Metrology Department.
The Legal Metrology department issued a statement, “All the consumers are herewith informed that before buying a packaged commodity, customer should check name & complete address of the manufacturer/importer/packer. They should also check the country of origin in case of imported packages, common generic name, month and year of manufacture/pre-packing date/import date, maximum retail price, name & complete address of the person/ office, email, address and contact details on which he can be contacted in case of consumer complaint here.”
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