Verification of weights and measures – Andhra Pradesh

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  • Initial Setup or Ongoing Maintenance

    Initial Setup only

  • Filing and Maintenance Requirements

    Every person using any weight or measure in any transaction or for protection shall present such weight or measure for verification / re-verification, at the concerned office of the Legal Metrology Officer or at such other place with in the jurisdiction as the Legal Metrology Officer may specify in this behalf. Given below are the requirements for the two categories; unpackaged and packaged goods

    Unpackaged:

    Every Weights & Measures used by the dealer is stamped by the Weights & Measures Department after due verification, with a special seal indicating the identification of Legal Metrology Officer(LMO) and quarter in which it is verified. The validity of such stamped weights is two years whereas in the case of Counter/Beam/Electronic Balances/Platform scale it is one year. Dispensing unit, weigh bridge verification certificate is issued to the user which is required to be displayed at conspicuous place by the trader/user.
    Verification, Stamping and Sealing of weights and measures needs to be carried out by the relevant authorities (LMO) following the below steps:
    1. Verification
    Verification is the process of comparing, checking, testing or adjusting a weight or measure to ensure that it conforms to the standard. Verification also includes re-verification and calibration.
    2. Stamping
    A stamp has 4 components - mark of the state (MP, WB etc.), Identity no of the LMO, Year and Quarter of the year: A for 1st quarter (January-March), B for 2nd quarter (April-June) etc.
    Verification is due on the date mentioned in the Verification Certificate. Only penalty is calculated from the quarter it is due. Additional fee of 1/2 of the prescribed rate will be charged for delay of every quarter or part thereof.
    3. Sealing
    Sealing is done to secure the integrity of a weight or measure. All components, replacement, re-calibration or mal-adjustment of which might alter metrological characteristics of the instrument, are sealed. Sealing also prevents access to the calibration point of the instrument.
    When sealing requires use of wire, only multiple threaded wire should be used and the sealing should be very tight. List of points to be sealed is available in the User Manual and also in the Model approval Certificate. The LMO may also consider sealing additional points if considered necessary.

    Issue of Verification Certificate (VC)
    On completion of verification and stamping, the LMO will issue a Verification Certificate in the prescribed form. The Certificate should be prominently displayed at the place of use.

    Fee and place of verification
    The verification will normally be done at the office or camp office of the Inspector or LMO. Verification of instruments which cannot be or should not be moved will be verified at the site of use.
    For verification, an application should be made before the LMO at least 30 days before the expiry of verification. The next date of verification due is noted on the V.C.
    For the first time verification, you may also need purchase voucher, copy of the VC received from the seller and a copy of Model Approval Certificate
    • Fees payable for verification and stamping will be as per rate given in the Schedule of the State Enforcement Rules. For verification at the place of use will be 1.5 times of the scheduled rate.
    • No additional fees will be charged for verification at the dealer's or manufacturer's premises. Additional fees will also be not charged if the instrument is of such nature that it cannot be or should not be moved from its place of use.
    • If the weight or measure is not re-verified within the prescribed period, an additional fee of half the rate will be charged for every quarter of delay.
    • Full fee will be charged for re-verification or re-stamping within the prescribed period for weights and measures held in stock by a dealer or manufacturer
    • The user shall pay expenses incurred by the LMO for visiting the premises of the user for verification. The minimum amount will be Rs. 100.
    Obliteration of Stamp
    The LMO may obliterate a stamp, by punching over it a 8 pointed star punch, if it is found that The weight or measure was not presented for re-verification or the instrument no longer conforms to the standard. Such weight or measure may also be seized.
    The LMO, in case of minor defects, instead of obliterating the stamp, may ask the user to remove the defects within eight days and after removal of the defects, may re-verify and stamp the instrument.

    The following items are excluded under the legal metrology act:

    1. Packages of commodities containing quantity of more than 25 kg or 25 ltrs excluding cement and fertilizer sold in bags up to 50 kg.
    2. Packaged commodities meant for industrial consumers or institutional consumers only.
    3. Fast food items packed by Restaurant/hotel etc.
    4. It contained scheduled formulations and non-scheduled formulations covered under the Drugs (Price Control) Order, 1995 made under section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 (10 of 1955)
    5. Agriculture farm produces in packages of above 50 Kg.
    6. The net weight or measure of the commodity is ten gram or ten milliliter or less, if sold by weight or measure.

  • Penalty

    Whoever contravenes any provision of these rules, for the contravention of which no punishment has been separately
    provided in the Act, shall be punished with fine, which may extend to five thousand rupees

  • Application Guidelines / Responsible Persons / Comments

    The step by step process of verification / stamping of Weighing and measuring instruments used by the commercial establishments is given as under :

    In case of new Weights & Measures instruments :

    1. The manufacturer of the weighing and measuring instruments is responsible for getting initial stamping done in r/o the instruments manufactured by him, before they are sold in the market.

    2. The manufacturer or his authorized representative brings the weighing and measuring instruments to the concerned zonal / district laboratory of W&M Department on the laboratory days.

    3. These goods were counted and checked by the manual assistant at the entry of laboratory / district office and a gate pass is issued in r/o these items.

    4. Then the requisite fees for the stamping / verification is deposited by the manufacturer or his authorized representative at the cash counter.

    5. After the fees is deposited, the weighing & measuring instruments are tested in the laboratory for their accuracy.

    6. If these instruments were found to be within their accuracy limits, they were stamped by the concerned Legal Metrology Officer and a verification certificate is issued in r/o those instruments which passes the accuracy test. The stamp of the Legal Metrology Officer shows the ID No. of the LMO, year of stamping and the quarter in which the instrument is stamping (i.e. A, B, C, D). Further, the verification certificate mentions about the date of verification / stamping, next due date, type & class of instrument verified and its maximum permissible error.

    7. Instruments which fails the accuracy tests were rejected by the Legal Metrology Officer concerned and the manufacturer is asked to get them rectified before they can be stamped.

    8. Goods were taken out of the zonal/district laboratory only after the gate pass issued is presented by the manufacturer or his representative.

    In case of old / used Weights & Measures instruments :

    The procedure for verification / stamping of old instruments is the same as that of the new goods except that the old instruments were brought to the zonal / district laboratories by the owner of these instruments or they are brought by the licenced repairer of these instruments after repairing them. In case the goods are brought by the repairers, they should be duly authorized by the owners to get them verified / stamped at the zonal laboratories.

    In some cases, if at the request of the user of weight or measure, verification is done at any premises other than the office or camp office of the LMO, an additional fee shall be charged at half the rates as specified in Schedule IX and the user of weights and measures shall pay the expenses incurred by the legal metrology officer for visiting the premises including the cost of transporting and handling the working standard and other equipment, subject to a minimum of rupee one hundred.

    Moreover, no additional fees is payable in case of vehicle tanks, dispensing pumps, weigh-bridges, dormant platform machines and such other weight or measure which cannot, and should not be moved from its location and weights & measures stamped in the premises of a manufacturer or stockists of such weight and measures.

    If a weight or measure is presented to the legal metrology officer for re-verification after expiry of the validity of the stamp, an additional fee at half the rates specified in Schedule IX shall be payable for every quarter of the year or part thereof.