Times of Kashmir

| 18 Jul 2019
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Legal metrology imposes fine on Saint Joseph’s School

School was resorting to restrictive trade practice

Manzoor Sheeri

Baramulla, Nov 05 (KNS): Taking cognizance of a consumer complaint lodged by the guardians of Saint Joseph’s School Baramulla students against the school authorities and Valley Book Shop Baramulla, Legal Metrology Department Baramulla today imposed a fine of Rs. 20000 on the school management and the book Shop for not complying with the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 in the sale of stationary packages.

The school was resorting to the restrictive trade practice by keeping the booklist available at a single book shop only.
Following consumer complaint against the school management, a team of Legal Metrology Department headed by the Assistant Controller Baramulla conducted an inspection of the Saint Joseph’s School and the Valley Book Shop in Baramulla for verifying the contents of the consumer complaint.

During the inspection, it was found that the school management had flashed an SMS to the guardians of students informing them that the books will remain available from a particular book shop. Further, the stationary packages offered for sale by the book shop were found to be lacking the statutory labeling requirements.

Legal Metrology Officer Baramulla Shah Gazi Suhaib booked a case against the management of the institution and the book shop. Subsequently, Assistant Controller Baramulla took up the matter with the concerned which in turn admitted to the lapse and requested for compounding of the offence.

Ultimately, keeping in view the fact that the school management has now kept the booklist available at four book shops and flashed an SMS in this respect thereby rectifying the lapse of restrictive trade practice, Assistant Controller Baramulla imposed a fine of Rs. 20000 in the instant case. (KNS)

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