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Another surprise inspection conducted

Another surprise inspection conducted: Imran Hussain, Minister of Food & Supplies & Consumer Affairs, on Thursday, conducted surprise inspection of North West District Zonal Office of Weight and Measures Department located at Wazirpur Industrial Area.

During the inspection, a number of irregularities were noticed. Stray dogs were found sleeping outside the chamber of Zonal Officer In-charge. The premises were found in inhuman and inhospitable conditions.

The District office houses a laboratory meant for calibrating various weights and measuring instruments. Surprisingly the Laboratory was found closed even on the Lab Day when it was meant to be open for calibrating the instruments. The Officers/ Officials concerned could not offer any cogent reasons for the closure of Lab.

The Minister also noticed that a number of verification certificates were prepared without any supporting documents such as bill of repairer etc., in violation of the rules. The Minister expressed strong displeasure over the state of affairs of the office as well as its functioning. Imran Hussain directed for immediate suspension of Junior Meteorological Assistant.

During the inspection, the attendance of the officials was also checked. The record keeping in the office was also not found as per norms.

The Minister directed Commissioner (Food & Supplies) to conduct an inquiry into the matter. He has also sought explanation of the concerned Legal Meteorological Officer, Zonal Officer as well as their superior officers before deciding further course of action in the matter.

The functioning for calibration of Auto Taxi metres also found not up to the mark.

The Minister further directed that proper cleanliness of the premises needs to be ensured. Further, he ordered that there should be a proper Reception Counter for the convenience of public at the Zonal office. The Minister instructed the Department to ensure display of citizen charter at prominent location, proper name plates of the officers/ officials concerned, provision of public facilities for convenience of visitors etc.

Hussain also desired that the Departmental officers/ officials should have public service orientation for extending maximum cooperation to the public. He further informed that no laxity will be given and corruption will not be tolerated at any cost.

The Minister also said such surprise inspections will be carried out in other offices as well from time to time in order to ensure proper delivery of services to the citizens of Delhi.

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