The fine was collected from shopkeepers for violating norms in weighing goods
Pune: The Legal Metrology Organisation (LMO) has collected a fine of nearly Rs 94 lakh at the end of the financial year 2017-18 from violators of packaging and weighing of electronic and non-electronic items such as foodgrain packets or beauty products. The LMO took action against 1,400 people for violating the norms.
Meanwhile, the LMO collected revenue of Rs 6.93 crore between April 2017 and March 2018 from across the district.
Action for violating norms was taken against 853 shops found guilty during the investigation and the violation of packaged items was charged on 579 foodgrain packets. A fine of Rs 93.85 lakh was recovered from them.
“The shops included stationery, beauty products store, petrol pumps, LPG, co-operative stores, cotton garments shops, steel traders, fertiliser and pesticides shops, hardware shops, electrical items shops, vegetables and fruit shops, regulated markets and mandies, sweet shops and general shops, mineral and drinking water shops, imported items in the mall and other shops,” said NP Udamale, Assistant Controller LMO, Pune District.
He added, “We conduct surveys and random checks on a yearly basis to prevent shopkeepers from cheating consumers by way of overcharging or incorrect weight of goods. Hence, we carried out the drive against such shopkeeper who indulged in such malpractices.”
On behalf of the Department of LMO, all the weights and sizes are standardised. The right to take action against unauthorised non-weighted areas and non-compliance with regulations of packaged food is being done by this verification department. In various celebrations of the city, an action is taken on behalf of the Department of Valeditation to implement a special inspection campaign.