‘Reformative measures afoot to revamp, restructure LMD for consumers’ benefit’
Jammu, Nov 30 (KNS): Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, today said that numerous reformative measures are underway to revamp and restructure LMD as a vibrant unit to ensure welfare of state’s consumer fraternity.
The Minister said this while addressing a gathering after inaugurating newly constructed building of Office of Controller, Legal Metrology Department cum Secondary Standard Laboratory (SSL) at Narwal which has been constructed with a cost of Rs 1.75 crore. He appreciated JKHB for completing the project within the stipulated time line of nine months.
The Minister said that the Government is working with a missionary vision for transforming the development scenario of the state with focus on expediting development, ensuring good governance and providing corruption free administration.
The Minister expressed hope that with the establishment of working standard laboratories at Kathua, Akhnoor, Udhampur, Rajouri, Poonch, Kupwara besides R&D Lab at Srinagar and Gold Testing Machine at Narwal, Jammu the consumers would get enhanced services with added efficiency and transparency. He said the present dispensation is working earnestly towards creating a conducive and comfortable atmosphere for its employees so that they deliver the best to the public.
While sharing vision for the Legal Metrology Department, the Minister said that the government is focusing on making Legal Metrology Department a vibrant unit for larger interest of consumers of the State.
Highlighting the achievements of the department under the present dispensation, Zulfkar Ali said that unprecedented strides towards development have been achieved like NFSA, digitalization of public distribution system and inclusion of left out beneficiaries under different schemes. Besides, government has amended recruitment rules for LMD Gazetted services besides creating an independent post of Controller Legal Metrology. He applauded the efforts of the department in protecting the rights of consumers and raising awareness among them despite shortage of infrastructural facilities.
Referring to importance of strict adherence to prescribed laws and Acts for better service delivery, the Minister urged upon all stakeholders for rendering voluntary compliance to these provisions. He also instructed the officers and officials of the department to keep a strict monitoring over implementation of such provisions.
Commissioner Secretary FCS&CA, M D Khan, Deputy Commissioner Jammu Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, Director FCS&CA, Jammu Choudhary Rashid AzamInqalabi, Vice Chairman Jammu Development Authority, Rajesh Kumar Shavan, Controller Legal Metrology Raj Kumar Katoch, Joint Controller Legal Metrology, Jammu, V S Sambyal, Deputy Controller LMD ManojPrabakhar, Deputy General Manager JK Housing Board Ram Singh, former Director Information K B Jandial, concerned officers, prominent citizens and representatives of various business establishments attended the function. (KNS)