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The Standards of Weights and Measures Ordinance, 1982

( Ordinance NO. XII OF 1982 )

এই অধ্যাদেশ ওজন ও পরিমাপ মানদণ্ড আইন, ২০১৮ (২০১৮ সনের ৫৬ নং আইন) দ্বারা রহিত করা হইয়াছে।
Survey and statistics
56. The Government may make, or cause to be made, such surveys and collect, or cause to be collected, such statistics as it may consider necessary with a view to ascertaining the extent to which any standard of weight, measure or numeration established by or under this Ordinance has been implemented in any area or in relation to any class of undertaking, users or goods and it shall be the duty of every person using weight or measure or making any numeration to render such assistance as the person making such survey or collecting such statistics may require
Delegation of powers
57. The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, direct that such of its powers under this Ordinance or the rules made thereunder shall, as may be specified in the notification, be exercisable also by such authority or person as may be so specified
Prohibition of quotations, etc., otherwise than in terms of standard units of weights and measures or numeration
58. No person shall, in relation to any goods, thing or service,
(a) quote, or make announcement of, whether by word of month or otherwise, any price or charge, or
(b) issue or exhibit any price list, invoice, cash memo or other document, or
(c) prepare or publish any advertisement, poster or other documents, or
(d) indicate the contents of any package either on itself or on any label, carton, or other thing, or
(e) indicate the contents on any container, or
(f) express any quantity or dimension,
otherwise than in accordance with the standard unit of weight, measure or numeration.
Custom, usage, etc., contrary to standard weight, measure or numeration to be void
59. Any custom, usage, practice or method of whatever nature which permits a person to demand, receive, or cause to be demanded or received any quantity of article, thing or service in excess of, or less than, the quantity specified by weight, measure or number in the contract or other agreement in relation to the said article, thing or service shall be void.
Non metric weight or measure not to be mentioned in any document etc.
60. (1) No unit of weight, measure or numeration shall, after the commencement of this Ordinance, be stated in any enactment, notification, rule, order, contract, deed or other instrument in terms of any unit of weight, measure or numeration other than that of a standard unit of weight, measure or numeration.
(2) On and from the commencement of this Ordinance, no weight, measure or number other than the standard weight, measure or number shall be used in, or form the basis of, any contract or other agreement in relation to any national or international trade or commerce:
Provided that, in relation to any goods which are exported, the weight, measure or number of such goods may be indicated thereon, or in any contract, in addition to the standard units of weight, measure or numeration, in accordance with any other system of weight, measure or numeration if the person to whom the export is to be made so requires.
(3) Any contract or other agreement in contravention of the provisions of sub section (2) shall be void.
(4) No written record of the results of any measurement shall be maintained in any unit other than the standard unit of weight, measure or numeration established by or under this Ordinance.
Training Centre
61. (1) The Government may establish a Centre to be known as the Metrology Training Centre (hereafter referred to as the “Centre”) for imparting training in scientific, technical, legal and administrative aspects of Metrology.
(2) The management and control of the affairs of the Centre shall be vested in such person or authority as the Government may direct and shall be carried out in such manner as may be prescribed.
(3) The Government may provide the Centre with such teaching staff and other employees and with such equipments and other facilities as it may think fit to enable the Centre to function efficiently.
(4) The course and curricula for training and the period for which the training may be imparted thereat for each course shall be such as may be specified by the Government from time to time.
(5) The Government shall specify the minimum qualification which a person shall possess in order to be eligible for admission to the Centre for receiving training thereat and different qualifications may be specified for different courses and training imparted at the Centre.
(6) The Government or any corporation or private organisation may depute, in such batches as may be convenient to the Centre, employees of or above the rank of an Inspector for receiving training at the Centre and the Government may also arrange for the training, at the Centre, of such other persons as it may think fit.
(7) Where the Government is of the opinion that in addition to the training imparted at the Centre it is necessary to impart to an employee, not below the rank of an Inspector, further specialised training which is not provided for at the Centre, it may send such employee to such other place, authority or institution within the country or abroad as it may think fit for receiving such specialised training.
62. (1) Subject to the provisions of sub section (2), any person aggrieved by an order made under section 16 or section 20 may prefer an appeal against such order to the Government.
(2) Every such appeal shall be preferred within sixty days from the date on which the impugned order was made:
Provided that the appellate authority may, if it is satisfied that the appellant was prevented by sufficient cause from preferring the appeal within the said period of sixty days, permit the appellant to prefer the appeal within a further period of sixty days.
(3) On receipt of any such appeal, the appellate authority shall, after giving the parties to the appeal a reasonable opportunity of being heard and after making such inquiry as it deems proper, make such order as it may think fit, confirming, modifying or reversing the order appealed against or may send back the case with such direction as it may think fit for a fresh order after taking additional evidence, if necessary.
(4) Every appeal shall be preferred on payment of such fees, not exceeding twenty five Taka, as may be prescribed.
(5) The Government may, on its own motion or otherwise, call for and examine the record of any proceeding (including a proceeding in appeal) in which any decision or order has been made, for the purpose of satisfying itself as to the correctness, legality or propriety of such decision or order and may pass such order thereon as it may think fit:
Provided that no decision or order shall be varied under this sub section so as to prejudicially affect any person unless such parson has been given a reasonable opportunity of showing cause against the proposed action.
Levy of fees
63. 1[(1) The Government may, by rule made under section 64, specify fees for-
(a) approval of the model of any weight or measure intended to be made or manufactured for sale, purchase, distribution or delivery in the course of any trade or commerce;
(b) verification and stamping of test weights, poises, counter weights etc. and weights or measures of the commercial, industrial and scientific category;
(c) verification and stamping of a set of weight or measure of the working and secondary category;
(d) granting copies of any document not being a document of a confidential nature;
(e) registration of exporters or importers of weights, measures, weighing instruments or measuring instruments;
(f) any appeal preferred under this Ordinance;
(g) granting certificates of approval of model to manufacturers, repairers, or dealers relating to any weight, measure, weighing instrument or measuring instrument.]
(2) No approval, verification or stamping shall be made, copy granted, registration made or appeal entertained unless the fee prescribed therefore under sub section (1) has been paid.
Power to make rules
64. (1) The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules to give effect to the provisions of this Ordinance.
(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely-
(a) supplementary, derived, special or other units of weight or measure, standard symbols or definitions, as recommended by the General Conference on Weights and Measures or the International Organisation of Legal Metrology;
(b) multiples and sub multiples of, and physical constants, ratios or coefficients in relation to units of weight or measure, as recommended by the General Conference on Weights and Measures or the International Organisation of Legal Metrology;
(c) denominations of decimal multiples and sub multiples of numerals and the manner in which they shall be written;
(d) periodical intervals at which the accuracy of the objects or equipment referred to in sections 7 and 8 shall be certified ;
(e) the physical characteristics, configuration, constructional details, materials, equipment, performance, tolerances, methods or procedures of tests in relation to weights or measures;
(f) the conditions, limitations and restrictions under which non standard weights or measures may be manufactured for export or may be exported;
(g) class of goods or undertakings in relation to which, or class of users in relation to whom, no transaction, dealing or contract shall be made or had except by specified weight, measure or number;
(h) the manner of declaration of the contents of a package and specification of the unit of weight, measure or number in accordance with which the retail sale price shall be declared on the package;
(i) the standard quantities or number in which commodities may be packed;
(j) the reasonable variations in the net contents of a packaged commodity which may be caused by the method of packing or ordinary exposure;
(k) the classes of weights or measures which would fall in the first category or the second category;
(l) the special seal by which weights or measures of the first category shall be stamped;
(m) the form and manner in which and the time within which applications for inclusion of a name in the register of exporters and importers of weights and measures shall be made;
(n) the period for which certificate of registration of an exporter or importer of weights or measures may be renewed;
(o) the scales in accordance with which fees may be collected under section 63;
(p) any other matter which is required to be, or may be, prescribed.
Repeal and savings
65. (1) The enactments specified below shall stand repealed in an area in which or in relation to any class of goods or undertakings or weights and measures or users of weights and measures in respect of which this Ordinance comes into force-
(a) the Weights and Measures of Capacity Act, 1871 (XXXI of 1871);
(b) the Measures of Length Act, 1889 (II of 1889);
(c) the Standards of Weight Act, 1939 (IX of 1939); and
(d) the Weights and Measures (Metric System) Act, 1967 (V of 1967).
(2) If, immediately before the commencement of this Ordinance, any provision thereof in any area or in relation to any class of goods or undertakings, there is in force in that area or in relation to that class of goods or undertakings any law which corresponds to this Ordinance or to any such provision thereof and which is not repealed by sub section (1) that corresponding law shall stand repealed.

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    Sub-section (1) was substituted by section 23 of the Standards of Weights and Measures (Amendment) Act, 2001 (Act No. VI of 2001)
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