of Weights & Measures
Weights & Measures department was established in the erstwhile
State of Punjab. During the Reorganization of the Stat of Punjab
in the year 1966, the Weights & Measures Department came into
existence in the Chandigarh Administration. This department is
presently known as Legal metrology Department in the States/UTs.
The departments enforce the Standards of Weights & Measures Act
1976, The standards of Weights & Measures (Packaged Commodities)
Rules 1977. Weights & Measures Laws are basic consumer
protection legislation which affect every section of the
Society. During the enforcement of these legislations, the
department has to interface with the public. The creditability
and accountability to the public is maintained. The
creditability and accountability to the public is maintained.
The public should get the right quantity for which they pay for
and the enforcement officials should repose confidence not only
among the consumers but also with the traders and manufacturers
by ensuring fair trade practices.
Under the above Acts/Rules
department is to carry out the standardization of Commercial
Weights, Measures, Weighing & Measuring Instruments. The
department is also looking after the packaged commodities and
according to the Standards of Weights & Measures (Packaged
Commodities) Rules 1977, these are required to have declarations
such as Name of Commodity, MRP, Date of
packing/import/manufacturing, Name & address of packers/
manufacturer and net quantity.
With the changing global scenario, the different items in
package forms are being imported and public utilizes the
sophisticated weighing and measuring instruments and thus the
department is to ensure that every consumer gets what he pays
for. The controller is the custodian of the Standards of Weights
& Measures Acts/Rules, he is the authority for
compounding/panelizing the offenders who violates the provisions
of the Standards of Weights & Measures Act/Rules.