Surprise inspection drive conducted to promote public health

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October 30, 2018: To promote public health, a team led by the consumer affairs, food and public distribution director and controller of weight and measures department Ranjan Yumnam today with his officials conducted surprise inspection drives at Mothers Care Children Hospital and Research Centre, Sagolband,  Ima Market and several essential items stores at Thangal Bazar in Imphal in connection with the upcoming festive season.

Three assistant controllers, inspectors and other staff of weight and measures department took part in the inspection.

The inspection drive was mainly aimed at monitoring whether the vendors accurately measure the weights of the essential commodities bought by the customers in the market, Ranjan said while takjing to reporters

The main motive behind the inspection at the hospital is to check if there is any irregularity in the measurements of the machines used for the newly-born babies. “We are also thinking of means to rectify the inaccuracies of the instruments and have also given advisory to the hospital authorities”, he assured.

We have also seized some of the weighing machines after irregularities have been checked during our inspection drive at Ima Market, he further said.

“We will also inspect LPG gas cylinder stores, cement and hardware shops and verify their weights. Automobile parts sold in the market without proper labelling, packets and price (MRP) marking will also be monitored and stern action will be taken up against them”, Ranjan said.

He also said that they will appeal the public to raise awareness to replace the old, traditional method of measuring valuable expensive items like jewellaries in by the  international metric system that minutely measures them in terms of grams.

Highlighting that the inspectors of weight and measures department will regularly and continuously conduct inspection at the stores until the festival ends, Ranjan further explained that public awareness and vigilance is need to deal with the issue. “The public should quickly report to the department giving the details of the vendor and the commodities in any such cases and immediate action will be taken”, he also assured.

Ranjan also said that assistant controllers and inspectors are posted in almost all the different districts of Manipur to look into the matter.

He informed that a special inspection drive has been recently conducted at Jiribam. Officials of the department also carry out regular inspections at Senapati, Kakching  and in the newly created districts, he discussed.

During the inspection, vendors resorting to irregularities in the measurements of the weighing machines and instruments beyond the permissible limit for profit have been warned not commit such acts again in future.

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