Srinagar, July 09: The market choking squads of the Legal Metrology Department (LMD) and CA&PD departments on Saturday carried out an extensive market check in different markets across the city ahead of Eid ul Adha and erring shopkeepers were fined on the spot.
According to officials, the market checking squads of LMD also carried out market inspections along with the respective District Administrations across the length and breadth of the UT of J&K.
The inspections were carried out with respect to various trades, including poultry, mutton, bakery shops, departmental stores, kiryana shops, and also the designated mandis set up by the government for the sale of sacrificial animals.
During the market checking drives, 415 cases were registered against the erring traders who were found violating various provisions of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and rules made there under. An amount of Rs 6,13,000 was realised as a fine and the traders were directed to strictly follow the rate list issued by the FCS & CA Department.
Besides, all the traders, including those dealing with the sale of sacrificial animals, ensured that the scales were verified by the Legal Metrology Department used for the weighment of sacrificial animals.
It is pertinent to mention that the Controller had instructed all officers of the department to intensify the market checking inspection to prevent any unfair trade practises adopted by unscrupulous traders.
The enforcement squad of the Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department also said they have recovered Rs 3, 68,200 in fines throughout the valley for overpricing and violations of the Essential Commodities Act, 1995 in the last 8 days.
According to the Director FCS & CA, Dr Abdul Salam (Enforcement), Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department Kashmir, market checking drives were conducted in various areas of Srinagar City which include Ahmed Nagar, GulabBagh, Zakura, Nowshera, Lal Bazar, Khomoh, Dalgate, Sonawar, Batamaloo, Karanagar, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Nowgam, Rawalpora and other areas of Srinagar District.
In Srinagar, we have penalized 28 shopkeepers. Also, Rs 30000 fine recovered from erring shops in addition several shops sealed for overpricing and violations of the Essential Commodities Act, 1995.