20 traders booked by LMCA

NAHARLAGUN, May 13: Continuing the state-wide drive against unfair trade practices, the official teams of the legal metrology & consumer affairs (LMCA) department on Wednesday booked 20 traders for violation of the provisions of Legal Metrology Act, 2009.
In the Capital Complex, a team of the LMCA, led by Papum Pare District Assistant Controller, Amrit Taba inspected about 80 trading premises at Chimpu, Gohpur Tinali and Chandranagar areas and booked 16 traders under various provisions of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 for selling packaged commodities, especially aerated cold drink items at exorbitant prices and for use of defective scales.
Fourteen retail traders have been booked for overcharging on aerated cold drinks, while a trader was booked for using defective electronic balance. Another trader was found pretending to be a wholesale dealer and selling cold drink items at exorbitant rates.
Taba cautioned retailers not to buy commodities from any party unless they keep the retail margin as offered by the company or manufacturer.
In Lower Dibang Valley district, an LMCA team led by assistant controller Debojit Lingi booked four traders from upper market, Roing, for violation of the Packaged Commodities Rules, 2011.