In India, the Directorate of Legal Metrology is one of the separate wings under the Department of Consumer Affairs, Food & Civil Supplies. The Government of India enforces the Legal Metrology Act & Rules through the Director at the centre who in turn delegates his powers to the Controllers of the States for effective enforcement of the provisions of the Acts & Rules.
In Meghalaya, the Department came into existence with the inception of the State which was earlier known as “The Department of Weights and Measures”. Subsequently in line with other States of India, the Nomenclature of the Department was changed to “Legal Metrology” with effect from 28th January 2010 vide Government Notification No.WM(G)12/85/250. The Department enforces the provisions of the Legal Metrology Acts & Rules through the Controller with the assistance of the Subordinate Officers of the Department. In view of the above, it is therefore felt necessary that the Manual be formulated for effective functioning of the Department and simultaneously be informative for the public at large