As many as 692 cases were filed against ration shops for misleading consumers by not using verified and stamped weights and measures. A month-long special drive was conducted in November and a total of 3,837 ration shops were inspected across the state. In Pune, 900 shops were inspected. Amitabh Gupta, Controller of Legal Metrology, said that recently Girish Bapat, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies had visited ration shops in Thane and had noted that the weights and measures were not duly stamped.
In Pune, 121 shops were reported without verified and stamped weights and measures while Konkan reported 137 such shops.
The action was taken as per the provisions in the Legal Metrology Act, 2009. A total of 812 cases were filed for various violations out of which 692 were for shops who did not use weights and measures that were verified or stamped, Gupta added.
Consumers have been appealed to lodge their grievances in case of cheating by ration shop holders. Gupta pointed out that consumers can send their grievances to the the legal metrology cell at 022-22886666.