LEGAL METROLOGY DEPARTMENT
The Legal Metrology Department in the state is functioning under a Controller to implement the following enhancements so as to protect the consumers from the exploitations and unfair trade practices
The Standards of Weights and Measures Act,1976
The Standards of Weights and Measures (Packaged Commodities) Rules,1977
The Standards of Weights and Measures (Enforcement) Act,1985
Kerala Standards of Weights and Measures(Enforcement)Rules, 1992
The Standards of Weights and Measures(General ) Rules, 1987
The Standards of Weights and Measures(Approval of Model ) Rules, 1987
The Standards of Weights and Measures(Interstate verification) Rules, 1987
The Standards of Weights and Measures(Numeration ) Rules, 1987
The department attend to any copmplaint regarding short weighment, measurement, violation of packaged commodity rules and take legal action against the volation of rules to protect the interest of the consumers.
In each Taluk, there is an Inspector for verification and re-verification of the weighing and measuring instruments and for conducting inspections in the trade premises to find out and book malpractices and offences.
In teach District Assistant Controllers coordinate the verification and re-verification of the weighing and measuring instruments and for conducting inspections. In addition to that the Assistants Controllers perform original verificaton of Petrol pumps.
There are Flying squads under the control of an Asistant Controller in all district except in Idukki, Wayaanad and Ksasargod to conduct surprise inspections in the trade premises to find out and book malpractices and offences. The Flying squads of Eranakulam, Kozhikkode and Kannur have jurisdiction in Idukki, Wayaanad and Ksasargod districts respectively.
Three Deputy Controllers cordinate the South, Central and North Zones of the Legal Metrology Department.
The Senior Inspector (Autorickshaw) one in each city corporation for stamping and calibration of Auto/taxi fair meters.
The Senior Inspector(Vertical tank)- one at Legal Metrology Bhavan Kakkanad
The Inspector( Vertical Storage tank)- Two Inspectors for reverification of Vertical Storage tank headquarters at Eranakulam.
The Inspector( Water meter)- One inspector for this purpose located at Eranakulam.
The Controller has the over all charge of the department.
There is a gold purity testing laboratory at Kakkanad to test the purity of gold. The consumers have any copmplaint regarding the purity of gold purchased, can get the purity of gold tested for a nominal fee. The purity of gold can be tested through the carrot analyser or by fire assay method.
There is a copmplaint cell at the Controllers office. The complaints can be e-mailed to the following e-mail ID