Officials from legal metrology and vigilance and enforcement departments cracked the whip on fish, mutton and chicken vendors across the state on Sunday.
They found that some vendors were cheating customers by selling them meat that weighed less than what customers were paying.
“As many as 178 chicken, fish and mutton vendors, who deceived customers by using non-standard (duplicate) weights and instruments without seals and stamps from the Legal Metrology Department, have been arrested,” Shankha said, additional general manager of Vigilance and Enforcement. Brata Bagchi.
“More than 100 teams raided meat vendors across the state on Sunday. Joint teams of Vigilance and Forensic Metrology personnel inspected the operations of more than 500 vendors and found that some of them were misleading customers,” Bagchi said.
Legal metrology officials said raids were carried out on all major fish and mutton markets in Eluru, Kakinada, Bhimavaram, Guntur, Machilipatnam, Rajamahendravaram, Nellore, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Ongole, Vijayawada and others locations.
“Some vendors were deceiving customers with duplicate scales and a few were deceiving the public by using unsealed weights (not issued by the legal metrology service),” an inspector said.
Cases have been filed under sections 25 and 30 of the Legal Metrology Act 2009. Raids will continue, officials said.
“If a customer buys 1 kg of fish, the seller gave fish weighing only 800 grams, but collected money for 1 kg. If the trader were to sell 5 kg or more, the difference would be around 1 kg. Traders cheat the public out of a few hundred thousand rupees every day,” said a customer B. Ramakrishna from Eluru.