Pune: For the past few days, inspectors of the Department of Legal Metrology, Pune district, are keeping a close watch on shopkeepers and traders who may be cheating people while selling Diwali products. In all, 18 inspectors in the district have been asked to closely monitor sales of dry fruits, sweets and oil in the areas under their jurisdiction.
Speaking to Sakal Times, sources from the department said the special drive for Diwali started a few days ago and is set to last until the festivities end. “We have received orders to closely monitor the sale of dry fruits, sweets and oil. We will ensure that customers are not charged over Maximum Retail Price (MRP) or provided with underweight products,” they said.
They said that the inspectors will search for discrepancies in weight, faults or errors in the printed literature on packaged products and over-pricing of products during the festive season, as these are rampant during this time. “All these amount to the violation of the Legal Metrology Act and Packaged Commodity Rules. Offenders will be slapped notices and action will be initiated against them as per the provisions of the law,” said an official.
In a word of caution to customers, the officials from the department urged them to check the weight, MRP and other printed literature before purchasing any packaged products. “Customers must also check the TARE setting on the electronic weighing machines, in case they are buying fresh and unpackaged products like sweets from a sweet shop. They should ensure that the weighing scale shows zero before the shop staff weighs a product. All declarations regarding the product, from price to the date of expiry and details about manufacturing, must be checked as well,” the official
The officials from the department have urged people to come forward and register complaints in case they find shopkeepers flouting the norms. “Customers can write to us with their complaints at email@example.com or call on 020-26137114. Prompt action will be initiated by the department with regard to the same,” an official said.