Port Blair, Jul 28 (UNI) The Enforcement Cell of the Andaman Directorate of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs has imposed penalty on 138 vegetable vendors and fishermen for non-compliance of standards of weight and measures.
The administration also booked auto drivers from different areas in these Islands for using uncalibrated meters and fleecing passengers.
After a series of surprise checks and raids, the cell also collected a fine of Rs 65,600 from these offenders since January this year.
The penalty was imposed during the surprise checks carried out in different places on the basis of complaints received. Fruit, chicken and mutton vendors and fishermen were booked as they were found using unstamped or defective weights and measures instruments for transaction of their business, Assistant Director of Weight and Measurement R P Singh told mediapersons today.
Mr Singh added that Rs 16,100 was collected as penalty from the vegetable vendors (Rs 12,100) and fish sellers (Rs 6,000) during the same period.
A sum of Rs 36,500 was recovered as penalty from the taxi (Rs 20,000) and auto (Rs 16,500) drivers for plying without calibrated meters, the Assistant Director added.
The department is now planning for more such surprise checks in different places of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
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