Section 50 in The Legal Metrology Act, 2009

Title: Appeals

Description: (1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2), an appeal shall lie,-- (a) from every decision or order under sections 15 to 20, section 22, section 25, sections 27 to 39, section 41 or any rule made under sub-section (3) of section 52 by the legal metrology officer appointed under section 13, to the Director; (b) from every decision or order made by the Director of Legal Metrology under sections 15 to 20, section 22, section 25, sections 27 to 39, section 41 or any rule made under sub-section (3) of section 52, to the Central Government or any officer specially authorised in this behalf by that Government; (c) from every decision given by the Controller of Legal Metrology under delegated powers of Director Legal Metrology to the Central Government; (d) from every decision given or order made under sections 15 to 18, sections 23 to 25, sections 27 to 37, sections 45 to 47 or any rule made under sub-section (3) of section 53 by any legal metrology officer appointed under section 14, to the Controller; and (e) from every decision given or order made by the Controller under sections 15 to 18, sections 23 to 25, sections 27 to 37, sections 45 to 47 or any rule made under sub-section (3) of section 53 not being an order made in appeal under clause (d), to the State Government or any officer specially authorised in this behalf by that 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 decision or order appealed against or may send back the case with such direction as it may think fit for a fresh decision or order after taking additional evidence, if necessary. (4) Every appeal shall be preferred on payment of such fees, as may be prescribed. (5) The Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, 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 orders 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 person has been given a reasonable opportunity of showing cause against the proposed action.

Title: Provisions of Indian Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure not to apply

Description: The provisions of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860) and section 153 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974) in so far as such provisions relate to offences with regard to weight or measure, shall not apply to any offence which is punishable under this Act.

Title: Power of the Central Government to make rules.

Description: (1) The Central Government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act. (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) the specification of the base units of measures and base unit of mass under sub-section (2) of section 5; (b) the manner of preparation of objects and equipments under sub-section (3) of section 7; (c) physical characteristics, configuration, constructional details, materials, equipment, performance, tolerances, period of re-verification, methods or procedures of tests under sub-section (4) of section 7; (d) reference standards, secondary standards and working standards of weights and measures under sub-section (1) of section 9; (e) reference standards, secondary standards and working standards shall be verified and stamped and the fee under sub-section (2) of section 9; (f) the weight or measure or number in which any transaction, dealing, or contract in respect of any goods, class of goods or undertakings shall be made under section 10; (g) the qualifications of the Director and legal metrology officers under sub-section (2) of section 13; (h) the qualification of the Controller and legal metrology officers under sub-section (2) of section 14; (i) the manner of disposal of goods under sub-section (3) of section 15; (j) the standard quantities or number and the manner in which the packages shall bear the declarations and the particulars under sub-section (1) of section 18; (k) the manner and registration and the fee under section 19; (l) the management and control of the Institute, the teaching staff and other employees, the courses and curricula for training thereat, the qualifications, which a person shall possess in order to be eligible for admission thereto under sub-section (2) of section 21; (m) the manner, fee and authority for approval of models under section 22; (n) the kinds of weights or measures under sub-section (2) of section 24; (o) the manner in which, terms and conditions on which and fee on payment which the Central Government shall notify the Government approved Test Centre under sub-section (3) of section 24; (p) the qualifications and experience of persons appointed or engaged and the fee and terms and conditions on which Government approved Test Centre shall verify the weight or measure under sub-section (4) of section 24; (q) the error in net quantity under sub-section (2) of section 36; (r) fee for compounding of offence under sub-section (1) of section 48; (s) form and manner in which notice to the Director or the Controller or any other officer authorised by him shall be given under sub-section (2) of section 49. (3) In making any rule under this section, the Central Government may provide that a breach thereof shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees. (4) Every rule made by the Central Government under this Act shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before each House of Parliament, while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in making any modification in the rule or both Houses agree that the rule should not be made, the rule shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be; so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule.

Title: Power of State Government to make rules.

Description: (1) The State Government may, by notification, and after consultation with the Central Government, make rules to carry out the provisions of this Act. (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) the time within which the weight or measure may be got verified under proviso to sub-section (1) of section 16; (b) registers and records to be maintained by persons referred to under sub-section (1) of section 17; (c) the form, manner, conditions, period, area of jurisdiction and fees for issuance of licence under sub-section (2) of section 23; (d) fee for verification and stamping of any weight or measure under sub-section (1) of section 24; (e) manner of notifying Government approved Test Centre, terms and conditions and fee to be paid under sub-section (3) of section 24; (f) fee for compounding of offences under sub-section (1) of section 48. (3) In making any rule under this section, the State Government may provide that a breach thereof shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees. (4) The power to make rules under this section shall be subject to the condition of the rules being made after previous publication in Official Gazette. (5) Every rule made under this section shall, as soon as may be after it is made, be laid before each House of State Legislature, where there are two Houses and where there is one House of State Legislature, before that House.

Title: Delegation of Powers.

Description: (1) The Central Government may, in consultation with the State Government and by notification, direct that any power exercisable by it under this Act or any rule made thereunder, not being a power conferred by section 50 relating to appeal or section 52 relating to power to make rules, in relation to such matters and subject to such conditions as may be specified, may be exercised also by such officer subordinate to it as may be specified in the notification. (2) Subject to any general or special direction or condition imposed by the State Government, any person authorised by the Central Government to exercise any powers may exercise those powers in the same manner and to the same extent as if they had been conferred on that person directly by this Act and not by way of delegation.

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