The Department of Legal Metrology is engaged in regulating use of correct weighing and measuring
instruments in production, trade and commerce to ensure that exact weight, measure and number of any
commodity is provided to any customer as contracted for, or paid for by him. It also safeguards
consumer's interest by ensuring mandatory declarations on packaged commodities.
The Department carries out regular/surprise inspections in markets, fair price shops, kerosene
oil depots, petrol pumps, gas agencies and other public outlets to check whether measuring and weighing
units bear valid verification stamp and deliver correct weight, measure or volume of commodities to
consumers. Inspections are also conducted on receipt of complaint from any source either in writing or
telephonically. Action for short measurement, use of defective and non-standard weights and measures is
taken as provided for in relevant laws and rules.
The Department undertakes verification of auto-rickshaws/taxi fare meters, tank lorries, and
petrol dispensing units. It also conducts regular checking of fare meters of auto rickshaw/ taxies on
road in association with Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Authority and the Traffic Police.
Packaged commodities are regularly inspected to see whether the mandatory declarations such
as complete name and address of the manufacturer/packer/ importer, month and year of packing/import,
common or generic name of the commodity, net contents and the sale price of the package (Maximum Retail
Price, inclusive of all taxes) are printed on such packages and declaration printed on them conform to
the contents of the package.
This department deals with implementation of following Acts and Rules.
- The Standards of Weights & Measures Act 1976
- The Standards of Weights & Measures (Enf) Act 1985
- The A.P.Standards of Weights & Measures Enforcement Rules 1986
- The Standards of Weights & Measures (Packaged Commodities) Rules,1977
- The Standards of Weights & Measures (General) Rules, 1987
Put simply, this department has to check that all the packaged commodities like rice, edible
oils, pulses, meat, poultry, vegetables, fruits, biscuits, breads, soaps, tooth pastes, cosmetic items,
masala powders and the items sold in volume like packaged milk, water, oils, paints, and whether they
are supplied to the consumer in the correct weight or volume. For this purpose, the department makes
regular inspections and those who violate the laws are prosecuted. The Controller who is assisted by the
Deputy Controller, Assistant Controller, District Inspector and Inspector, Legal Metrology are vested
with the powers in enforcing the provisions of the different Acts and Rules. The department has a cadre
strength of 99 Inspectors, 46 District Inspectors, 18 Assistant Controllers and 7 Deputy Controllers
spread all over the state.