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New weapon to detect tampering of weights
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 19 (NPN):
Published on 19 Feb. 2011 11:59 PM IST
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The first of its kind in the state, the Legal Metrology department has acquired a new weapon in its battle against irregularities in weights and measures.
Weighbridge used in industries that manufacture or move bulk items, such as in mines or quarries, garbage dumps, bulk liquid and powder movement, household goods, and electrical equipment was launched at the premises of M/s S.K. Weighbridge, Diphu Road Dimapur by secretary legal metrology and consumer protection, K. T. Sukhalu (IAS) on Saturday.
The weighing apparatus mounted on top of a truck was provided by the central government at the cost of around `62 lakh. The mobile testing machine carries 5 tonnes (weighing stones) in four volumes: 1000 kilograms, 500 kilograms, 100 kilograms and 50 kilograms and would calibrate all the commercial weighbridges functioning in the state. Now with the acquirement of the machine, it would be easier for the department to give accurate calibration.
An official added that even a small margin of error, say 5% of the total weigh, during manual calibration would result in great monetary loss. It was surmised that if a weighbridge using manual calibration of a certain weigh conducts 20 measurements a day, the loss incurred would run up to `5 lakh a day.
The secretary also released a handbook on reference and working standards and a booklet on consumer education at assistant controller’s office, Dimapur. In his brief speech, Sukhalu reminded the department of legal metrology and consumer protection to create consumer awareness across the state so consumers are not deprived of their rights.
“Though our department is small and has only few staff, we have to give our best and take responsibility in the field”, said the secretary to the gathering and urged the department to perform their duties for the benefit of the consumer and not for commercial purpose.
Reminding that many petrol pumps were mushrooming in Dimapur alone, he said it was the responsibility of the department to check whether there was any shortage in supply and to ensure that good quality of fuel was available to the consumers.

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