893 defaulters fined over 3 lakhs, 16 FIR’s registered: FCS &CA
173 defaulters booked and collected 2.50 lakhs: Legal Metrology
Raids to intensify during the next two days
During the holy month of Ramdhan, the department of food civil supplies and consumer affairs (FCS&CA) and legal meteorology (LM) department Kashmir have collected over 5.5 lakhs fine from irking shopkeepers and traders in valley.
Director FCS&CA Kashmir, Bashir Ahmad Khan told Rising Kashmir that they have collected 3.50 lakh rupees fine from the defaults in Kashmir. Most of them were found selling meat and poultry at exorbitant rates across the valley, he said.
“We conducted inspection of 3000 establishments in this month, where 893 were fined on the spot, while as they have also registered 16 FIR’s against the poultry and mutton dealers,” Khan said.
"90 percent among the defaulters are mutton and poultry dealers and rest are others," he said.
Khan said they have found minimum vegetable and fruit growers violating the government rates as compared to mutton and poultry dealers.
While giving details, he said in Srinagar they have fined 182 defaulters, followed by Kupwara 110 and rest from other districts. The raids and market checking would intensify during the next two days, he said.
Khan said people should not pay extra rupees as department has already mentioned the rate list including mutton would be sold 400 rupees per kilogram and poultry 110 rupees per kilogram.
“We have also released the rate list of vegetables and fruits and people should complain them where they found exorbitant rates,” he said.
While officials from the department of legal metrology on Friday stated that they have collected 2.50 lakh rupees fine from the irking traders through the Kashmir during the holy month of Ramdhan.
Deputy Controller Legal Metrology Department Tanveer Ahmad told Rising Kashmir that department received 32 complaints from consumers and out of that 30 complaints have been decided.
“Complaints were regarding overcharging on sanitizers, face masks by drug stores, groceries, cooking gas dealers and manipulating of weights and measures,” he said.
Tanveer said the department had conducted 1280 field inspections and 173 traders were also book during the process. Mostly we have received complaints regarding the fraudulent practices used by the shopkeepers and traders for measurements, he said.
“We have collected 2.50 lakh rupees fine from the irking traders and their drives would continue to keep a vigil on the weights and measures,” Deputy Controller said.
People should not be confused about LM department’s mandate, Tanveer said the main objectives of the legal metrology department is to safeguard the interest of the consumers by ensuring that goods sold and bought are correct in quantity and volume as claimed.
“Accuracy of the weights and measurements including pre-packaged commodities,” Tanveer said.
He also said they ensuring that all packaged Commodities and containers carry a declarations indicating the commodities packaged therein regarding net weight, volume, length, maximum retail price and the date of manufacturing etc.