The department of Legal Metrology came into inception in the state in
the year in 1961 to adopt metric system in trade and commerce as per the
policy at the national level. The department was earlier known as
Weights and Measures and was under the administrative control of Revenue
department. In the year 2003, the department was brought under the
administrative control of Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public
OBJECTIVE AND WORKING
The department of Legal Metrology is working for the cause of consumer.
It is a frontline organization conducting extensive market- checking to
prevent unfair trade practices relating to weights and measures/Packaged
commodities/Liquefied Petroleum Gas/Adulteration of Petroleum Products
etc in the markets. The department is regulating use of correct weighing
and measuring instruments in production, trade and commerce to ensure
that exact weight, measure and number of any commodity is provided to
any customer as contracted for or paid for by him. It also safeguards
consumer's interest by ensuring mandatory declarations on packaged
The Department carries out regular/surprise inspections in markets, fair
price shops, kerosene oil depots, petrol pumps, gas agencies etc. to
check whether measuring and weighing units bear valid verification stamp
and deliver correct weight, measure or volume of commodities to
consumers. Inspections are also conducted on receipt of complaint from
any source either in writing or telephonically. Action for short
measurement, use of defective and non-standard weights and measures is
taken as per provision of relevant Act and Rules.
The Department undertakes verification of auto-rickshaws/taxi fare
meters, tank lorries, and petrol dispensing units. It also conducts
regular checking of fare meters of auto rickshaw/taxies on road in
association with Traffic Police.
LPG retail-outlets are regularly being checked to prevent diversion of
domestic cylinders to any commercial establishment. Home delivery to
consumers in different localities is ensured.
Petrol pumps are being routinely checked for adulteration of fuel/stock
variation etc. The samples are being taken and sent to forensic
laboratory for analysis.
The department is holding seminars/workshops in schools/colleges and in
public places to educate students/common people about their rights as
consumer. Printed material is distributed to general public to
disseminate consumer information. The field executives are authorized
under J & K Consumer Protection Act,1987 to lodge complaints in consumer
courts as a representative of consumer.