The Delhi government has ordered a crackdown on anti-consumer activities at petrol pumps. The order has come after a review meeting held by Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Imran Hussain on Monday.
The meeting reviewed the measures being taken for the prevention of unlawful activities by unscrupulous petrol pump owners, in a meeting with the Secretary, Legal Metrology and Controller, Weights & Measures / Legal Metrology Department along with other senior officers.
The government has ordered this crackdown following reports from neighbouring Uttar Pradesh that some petrol pump owners/managers/workers have been allegedly caught cheating people by dispensing lower quantities of fuel allegedly by installing remote controlled electronic chips, thus illegally duping the customers of rightful quantities of fuel.
The Department of Weights and Measures, (also called Legal Metrology Department), has been mandated to ensure that customers get due value of the cost paid on the commodities including fuels of various kinds.
It was also conveyed that the department should ensure that petrol pumps maintain specified calibrated measuring instruments and equipment for their availability on demand by the public for on-the spot checking of the accuracy of quantities of fuel being dispensed.
It was decided in the meeting that teams will be constituted and despatched to various parts of Delhi for ensuring that petrol pumps in Delhi do not indulge in unlawful activities.
Hussain also directed the department to take a stern legal action against the defaulting units including lodging of FIR, sealing of petrol pumps and initiation of prosecution action.
The Delhi government has also sought cooperation and support of public for checking the menace of supplying lesser quantity of fuel by erring petrol pumps and accordingly appealed to the citizens to report about any such illegal activities.