Paswan calls for uniform measuring & weighing instruments
By TIOL News Service
NEW DELHI, MAR 20, 2017: ALL chief Ministers in States /UTs have been requested to setup standard weighing and measuring instruments in Gram Panchayats for Consumers States to submit consolidated proposals for mobile vans and labs with proper justifications for funding from Central government. Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said that right measurement is a powerful instrument for a sustainable growth of the industry and trade, and it also contributes towards the social progress of the country.
Mr Paswan has said that the wrong or imprecise measurement builds mistrust, and is often a source of safety hazard. He stated it in his inaugural address on the occasion of National Consultation meeting of the State Secretaries and Controllers of Legal Metrology. National Consultation meeting was convened by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs Food and Public Distribution at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Sunday.
Mr Paswan further stated that common consumer is still finding that accuracy of some of the critical instruments used in daily lives suffer from inaccuracies. There are doubts expressed sometimes regarding the accuracy of the petrol pumps, and weigh bridges used in agricultural mandis. Some manufacturers still disregard the provisions of package commodities rules.
The following important decisions were taken in the meeting to further strengthen the legal metrology enforcement in the States for better consumer protection.
1. Museum depicting Legal metrology standards of various parameters will be setup in all the 7 RRSLs and IILM Ranchi. The RRSL at Faridabad will also have the National level Museum on legal metrology.
2. Technology will be used for preventing unfair trade practices in weights and measurements.
3. All chief Ministers in States /UTs will be requested to setup standard weighing and measuring instruments in Gram Panchayats so that consumers can approach Gram Panchayat facilities for checking the weights and measurements of goods purchased by them in case of doubt.
4. States can submit consolidated proposals for mobile vans and labs with proper justifications for funding from Central government.
5. National Consumer Day every year will give awards to the three States for the best Legal Metrology administration.
6. Publicity funds available will have component earmarked for creating consumer awareness programme on legal metrology.
7. Jago Grahak Jago programme will also focus on popularizing consumer awareness on legal metrology in rural areas and for popularizing mobile lab facilities.