Errant grocery stores fined Rs 7 cr for cheating customers
State’s legal metrology department booked 31,475 cases in one year
Many supermarkets and commercial establishments have come under the state government radar for luring people with smart marketing tools to sell substandard goods and overcharging consumers. Cracking against such traders across the state, the legal metrology department, under the Food and Civil Supplies department, has collected a whopping Rs 6.98 Cr in just one-year.
Acting on numerous complaints from consumers about shops charging more than the maximum retail price (MRP) or selling substandard goods to people, the legal metrology sleuths have booked 31,475 cases against quite a few commercial establishments. Drawing attention of the state government SN Narayanaswamy, Congress MLA from Bangarpet, alleged that several business firms have indulged in such corrupt practises.
In a reply to Narayana swamy’s remarks, food and civil supplies minister Dinesh Gundu Rao said, “The metrology wing conducted several raids and during the raids, sleuths have found that packed goods weighed less than what was mentioned on the packs. Some of them were charging more than the MRP. All such traders have been booked and slapped with fine.”
Dinesh clarified that in 2014-15 as many as 1,37, 363 raids were conducted and a total of 31,475 cases have been registered against such traders adopting illegal means and collected Rs 6.98 crores as penalty.
“The department is not just monitoring the traders in groceries or household items but even adulteration of petroleum products. Surprise checks were carried out at various petrol bunks to ascertain the quality of petroleum products and those indulged in adulteration have been put behind bars,” the minister said.
According to the minister there are 2,844 petrol bunks across the state belonging to various petroleum companies. As many as 2,700 petrol bunks were checked randomly and tested for adulteration. “About 162 cases have been registered against various bunks for selling adulterated petrol, diesel and oils. The drive against such corrupt commercial establishments will continue and people who come across such fraudulent practises of traders must inform the jurisdictional food and civil supplies department,” Dinesh said.
Total raids: 1,37, 363 Cases booked: 31,475 Total fines collected: Rs 6.98 cr