New Delhi, March 19: The Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said that right measurement is a powerful instrument for a sustainable growth of the industry and trade, and it also contributes towards the social progress of the country. Paswan that the wrong or imprecise measurement builds mistrust, and is often a source of safety hazard.
Paswan further stated that common consumer is still finding that accuracy of some of the critical instruments used in daily lives suffer from inaccuracies. There are doubts expressed sometimes regarding the accuracy of the petrol pumps, and weigh bridges used in agricultural mandis. Some manufacturers still disregard the provisions of package commodities rules. Minister stated it in his inaugural address on the occasion of National Consultation meeting of the State Secretaries and Controllers of Legal Metrology.While appreciating the efforts of the states, he advised the Department of consumer Affairs and States in coordination to enhance their efforts to improve consumer confidence in the system and create deterrence in the minds of the manufactures who indulge in unfair practices or pushing sub-standard products into the market.He also mentioned some of the significant steps taken by the Ministry In the last two years in a proactive manner to strengthen legal metrology. Some of the recent initiatives focused on action against charging more than MRP, declaring dual MRP and we are also contemplating changes to our packaged commodities rules.