Delay in online services of Metrology department troubling businessmen

Delay in online services of Metrology department troubling businessmen
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With the delay in making online services operational by the Legal metrology, businessmen all over the State are facing severe hardships to get permissions as the department has stopped the offline services since February.

Hyderabad: With the delay in making online services operational by the Legal metrology, businessmen all over the State are facing severe hardships to get permissions as the department has stopped the offline services since February.

Once the online system becomes operational, the applicants can get easy access to register for the nine different kinds of services offered by the LM department

Department of Legal Meteorology which gives licences and no objection certificates (NOC) to the packers and retailers has switched off the offline services from February, 2016. As per the circular, the officials were asked not to accept offline applications. The online permission system was to begin from March last week.

However, the department has failed to make the services online due to which the applicants have been struggling to get licences and permissions.

Arjun Singh, a representative of one dairy product packing agency who visited to the PWD office at Gandhi Nagar, said that they had opened a new a dairy near Hayathnagar in Ranga Reddy district with an investment of Rs 4 crore and they required packing licence from the LM department to kick start their business.

“We have got a loss of Rs two lakh in the last two months due to delay in getting the permission,” he said. The case is similar with 15 applications currently pending in the LM department since last two months.

A senior official from the LM department said that due to some litigation between the government and Mee Seva providers, this delay was observed. “We are waiting for the operational state of the online services.

They are nearly 15 applications pending who have already invested nearly Rs 20-30 crores on their business and the delay in getting them permission is resulting in heavy losses,” he said.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the LM department and Mee Seva is yet to be signed to finalise the online services which is currently in discussion at the government level, the official added.

The sources from the LM department said that since they have no full time LM controller and also have staff deficiency they were unable to do anything. However, the officials observed that the online services would be fixed in another two weeks.

Once the online system becomes operational, the applicants can get easy access to register for the nine different kinds of services offered by the LM department.

The services like stamping, renewal of licences for manufacturers, dealers of weights and measurement and certifications for public distribution centres, auto/taxi metres, Lorries etc would be provided under a single online platform.

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