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“Legal Metrology Departments should prepare rules under new act”

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“Centre has circulated a set of model rules to elicit responses from the States”

“By October-end, we expect all the rules of the Government of India to be finalised”


CHENNAI: Legal Metrology Departments should prepare enforcement rules under the New Legal Metrology Act 2009 in the next couple of months as the Law Ministry proposed to notify the date of force of the rules as December 1, 2010, Rakesh Kacker, Additional Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Government of India said on Tuesday.

Addressing the regional conference of Controller of Legal Metrology of southern and western States and Union Territories hosted by the Government of India, State Government and the Commissionerate of Labour, Mr. Kacker said though the new Act was notified in January, the States had been waiting for the Centre for notify all the rules under the new Act.

A set of Central rules that were finalised have been submitted to the Law Ministry which proposed to set December 1, 2010 as the date of effect for the rules, Mr. Kacker said.

“By October-end, we expect all the rules of the Government of India to be finalised,” he said. Mr. Kacker urged States to keep the December 1 deadline in mind while hastening work on formulation of rules under the New Legal Metrology Act. The Centre had circulated a set of model rules to elicit responses from the States, he said.

Mr. Kacker also wanted State legal metrology departments to begin work on formulating projects for the 12 {+t} {+h} Five Year Plan well in advance. Consumer affairs that were untouched by the 11 {+t} {+h} Plan should be included in the new set of projects.

Mr. Kacker said it was good to have a third party independent verification system as wrong measurements could lead to wrong transactions at the consumer end.

Hans Raj Verma, Commissioner of Labour, T. Prabhakara Rao, Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment Department and B. N. Dixit, Director of Legal Metrology, Department of Consumer Affairs, Government of India also participated.

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