WMA’s special campaign to check irregularities in LPG distribution

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Sep 2017 11:17:34


Staff Reporter,

Now, the Weights & Measurement Administration (WMA) under Food and Civil Supply Department, in order to control in packaged foods and weight in foods related items, LPG, petrol etc supplying less than actual quantity has decided to launch special monthly campaign. In September, all district WMA officers have been asked to actively check LPG and hawkers. WMA inspectors have been asked to pay surprise visit to the LPG dealers, check domestic and commercial cylinders gas, whether there is any irregularities in supplying the cylinders to the consumers. Last month, the Weighs & Measurement Administration had launched a campaign on auto checking in state with help of the local police and under this campaign the auto meters were checked, lakhs of rupees revenue was generated of imposing fine on traders.

According to sources, the WMA inspectors have to submit daily report of checking LPG, hawkers and dealers to their district officers who submit weekly reports to the head office in city. However, the WMA’s work has been slightly effected with recent transfers in the department. It will take at least a month to be settled everything to bring checking work on fast track as every year the Government increases revenue collection target of Weights & Measurement Administration.

WMA officers said every month specially checking is on something new item so the WMA inspectors and officers focus on it only. While after a month in Diwali, the WMA focuses on everything, from packaged foods, its quantity, writing on packets of the food items as per Government of India guidelines etc.

WMA inspectors are freed to check anything to protect consumers from cheating by the traders. There is heavy fine on traders for violations of different rules. However, they have decided to make traders aware about Government rules on packaging foods, quantity so that they can be saved from any fine.

When contacted, K K Bhavsar, Deputy Controller, Weights & Measurement Administration, said every month a special checking drive started. In September, we have launched special checking of LPG and LPG hawkers. During Diwali, there is no special checking and WMA inspectors are free to check everything under the rules, he said.