Some provisions of the measurement law and rules will be taken out of the criminal category, instructions given to the officers

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAT) urged the officers to integrate the measurement with digital technology.

National General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal

Union Consumer Ministry Confederation of All India Traders (CAT) National General Secretary Praveen Khandelwal, in a meeting convened in New Delhi on Thursday on the issue of excluding several provisions of the Measures Act from the category of criminal offences, stressed that many provisions of the said law. Even for minor mistakes or mistakes in the sections, a case is registered under criminal sections instead of civil sections, which is not justified.

Khandelwal said that the officers of the Measurement Department should also be given electronic machines in cases of challaning, like those given to the traffic police. Welcoming the decision of Union Minister Piyush Goyal to make necessary amendments in the Measures Act, CAIT said that the natural principle of justice was ignored in this law made in the year 2011, which the Modi government has decided to correct. The business class of the country will benefit greatly from this decision.

Instructions for action given to officers

Consumer Affairs Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh said that under the Ease of Doing Business vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the ministry is actively considering to keep certain provisions of the Measures Act and Rules out of the category of crime. He said that in this matter, Union Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal has given strict instructions to the officers to take immediate action in this direction, according to which such provisions were identified after discussing with the stakeholders at the top level in the department and making amendments in them. Work on the process is in progress.

Criminal provisions in these sections of the law

Khandelwal said during the meeting that there are criminal provisions in sections 25, 28 to 37 and 41 to 47 of the law. Under the Measurement Act, if any description is not written on the packed item or something is missed or if there is any technical mistake, then there is a provision of financial penalty and punishment in them too. He said that in a criminal case there must be an intention to deceive, whereas in the Act of Measures this fact has been kept aside for the time being and the weighing inspector has been given freedom to take action on the basis of his discretion. It is very important to curb this. Along with this, he said that action must be taken against those who are habitual offenders, but human error or technical error must be excluded from the category of criminal case.

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He said that the packaged goods that the traders sell, they get them from the manufacturer in the same way, so instead of taking action against the traders on the packed goods, action should be taken against the manufacturer. He also said that in matters of financial penalty, businessmen or big companies have been kept on the same level. The financial penalty which can be huge for small traders. So it is minor for large companies, so it is very important to classify the financial penalty. In a way, it is very important to make the law of measure and weight logical.