Legal Metrology & CA
The Department of Legal Metrology which was earlier known as Weights &Measures Department, came into existence in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the seventy’s. With the growth of the infrastructure, man power and procurement of working standard sets and secondary standard sets from the mint of Government of India, Bombay (Mumbai), the implementation work of Standards of Weights & Measures started in the state in the year, 1983. The Department started work like – annual re-verification of commercially used weights, measures, weighing and measuring instruments, inspection, surprise checking, seizures and irregularities detected etc.
In eighty’s, The Standards of Weights & Measures (Enforcement) Act, 1985 came into force. Present Act, the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 is the amalgamation of the standard Weights & Measures Act, 1976 and the Standard of Weights & Measures (Enforcement) Act, 1985, which came into force w.e.f. 1st April, 2011 in the whole territory of India. The Act Provides for establishment of Standards on Metrology with reference to International system of Unit-Metric system and Regulation of Weights & Measures in commercial transaction or for protection or for public health and safety. The Legal Metrology Department is a Law Enforcement Department; hence the Government of Arunachal Pradesh made it a uniform department on the line of State Police in the year 2008.
During the financial year 2021-22, the Assistant Controller Legal Metrology & CA Roing, collected a sum of rupees 375673/- (Rs. Three lakhs seventy five thousand six hundred seventy three) only collected as revenue from Verification & Stamping of Weights’ & Measures, number of cases detected for irregularities 15 (fifteen), Compounding Fine realized is Rs. 33500/- (Rupees Thirty three thousand five hundred) only that means grant total of amount Rs. 409173/- (Rupees Four lakhs nine thousand one hundred seventy three) only has been deposited to the Govt. in last financial year against Rs. 500000/- ( Rupees five lakhs) only as target fixed upon by the Govt. in respect of ACLM & CA Roing, no. of 228 trading units and 1794 no. of weights & Measures has been verified during the last financial year, 2021-22
Since, all files and record of Consumer cases registered and disposed off are not available in the office hence, the details in this regard couldn’t be give in update. However, the number of Consumer cases file since 2017 are 7 nos. of cases and the same has been already dispose off, presently no a single case is pending in our District Commission.
The Package Commodities Rules has been framed under the Legal Metrology Act, to Regulate Inter-State trade on Package Goods. Under the Rules, all Package Goods should carry mandatory declaration such as net content or volume, name and address of the Manufacturer, date of Manufacture, Packaging Expiry and Maximum Retail Price and batch no. etc
Presently, in Arunachal Pradesh, the Department of Legal Metrology is the Nodal Department with regard to Consumer Protection Act, 1986. There are 16 (sixteen) district Commission throughout the state and 1 (one) State Commission in the State Capital. All Provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 came into force w.e.f from 1st July, 1987. Under the Act, a three tire Quasi – Judicial Consumer Dispute Redressal machinery was established at National, State and District level. At National level, there is National Consumer Dispute Redresal Commission (National Commission). The State level Agency is called the State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (State Commission) and the District level agency is known as District Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (District Commission). The For a are mandate to provide simple, speedy and in – expensive Redressal of Consumer grievances. In Arunachal Pradesh, the District Commission is headed by President ( DC ), one lady Member and one male member in the District.
Recently, the toll-free help line has been installed at the office of the Controller, Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Naharlagun. The toll-free Consumer helpline no. is 1800-345-3601.