of the interest of producer and the consumer is considered the sin qua non
for sound and sustainable economic development of a society and the nation
as a whole. Legal Metrology is concerned with weights and measures instrument
and the process of measurements under conditions dictated by statues. Since
ancient times, standardization and regulation of weights and measures have
been universally recognized as one of the major functions of the Government
because of its intrinsic relevance to trade & commerce, technological and
industrials development thereby socio-economic welfare of the people. Hence,
the more developed a society is, the greater attention it needs to give
to its metrological instrument and their application.
On the other
hand, with the revolutionary changes in industry and scientific development
more consumer goods are being produced today. To survive in the wake of
economic liberalization and globalization, manufacturers and traders (firms)
have to indulge in cut-throat competitive marketing tactics wherein lies
the ruthless exploitation of consumers. In contrast with the 'firms', consumers
constitute the largest unorganized public body and are vulnerable to various
marketing evils of the modern days. As such, the onus of promoting and protecting
the interest of individual citizens as consumers within a market economy
is assuming greater pre- eminences as one of the primary obligation of the
AIMS & OBJECTIVES:
order to effectively implement and enforce the allied Weight & Measures
Acts and Rules, the basic aims and objectives of the Department are enumerated
i. To give
adequate protection to the public concerning measurement performed in the
course of trade & commerce industrial production and health care.
ii. To regulate
sale and production of commodities in packaged forms.
iii. To equip,
maintain, and update the secondary and working standard used in the state
laboratories so as to ensure and provide the required standardized accuracy
and integrity to those weights and measures used by the public.
iv. To provide
timely legal and technical expertise in legal metrology to the enforcement
v. To strengthen
and update the various organizational infrastructure including personal
to commensurate with the ever- increasing quantity of workload and quality
service essential for the society.
a view to better protect and promote the interest if the consumers, the
fundamentals focus of the department are:
i. To make
effort for establishment of, and to co-ordinate and assist Consumer Councils,
Consumers Disputes redressal Agencies, and other Consumer Organization in
the State for the implementation of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 and
the Rules made thereunder.
ii. To maintained
and monitor administrative and financial matter relation to consumer protection
iii. To organized
and take up programmes and plan for dissemination of Consumer Education
to the masses so as to create a strong consumer movement in the state.
iv. To impart
training, depute members or official connected with consumer protection
organization for training, seminars etc sponsored by the State/ Central
v. To revamp
the organization set-up of the department to cope with the growing workload
of consumer protection activities.
AND ACHIEVEMENT (UP TO DATE)
Legal Metrology is the systematic transfer of measurement science to technology
industry, trade & commerce, and other fields of human endeavor in a series
of grade precision under statutory conditions. Accordingly, so as to ensure
accuracy and reliability of various weight & measures used by the public,
the department maintained the following standards laboratories.
Standard labs: This is the state -level lab, and is located at the
Directorate Office premises in the State Capital Kohima. Secondary standards
of various parameters such as mass volume, length and balances are maintained
in the Secondary standard lab, which are verified and calibrated against
reference standards located in the regional Reference Standard laboratories
(RRSL) Bhubaneswar, Faridabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Guwahati. Secondary
standards are used for the verification/ calibration of next lower hierarchy
of standards i.e. working standards.
Standard Labs: Each District Head Quarter maintaining one working
Standard Lab with pre-requisite parameters of working standards. These are
verified and calibrated against the secondary standard maintained in the
secondary standards lab located in Kohima. Working standards are used for
verification / calibration of all the commercial weights & measures used
by the public i.e. traders, manufactures, packers, industries etc. For the
standardization of weights and measures, to control their bonafide application
and to regulate packaged commodities in the State for legal and technical
compliance, the Department is actively involved in the following functions:
verification & stamping of weight & measures.
of dealers, repairs and manufactures of weights & measures.
of users of weights & measures, and packers/ manufactures of packaged
of surprise inspection and raids, and
of offenders in accordance with laws relating to weights & measures.