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Standards of Weights and Measures Act, 1976

Sections Particulars
Part I Provisions Applicable To Every Part
1 Short title, extent and commencement
2 Definitions
3 Provisions of this Act to override the provisions of any other law
Part II Establishment Of Standards Of Weights And Measures
Chapter I Standard Units
4 Units of weight or measure to be based on metric system
5 Base unit of length
6 Base unit of mass
7 Base unit of time
8 Base unit of electric current
9 Base unit of thermodynamic temperature
10 Base unit of luminous intensity
11 Base unit of amount of substance
12 Supplementary, derived, special and other units of weight or measure-Their symbols, definitions, etc.
13 Base unit of numeration
14 Standard unit of weight or measure
Chapter II Physical Representation Of Standard Units
15 National prototypes
16 National standards
17 National prototype and national standard how to be kept
18 Reference, secondary and working standards
19 Power to Central Government to prescribe physical characteristics, etc., of weights and measures
Chapter III Standard Weights And Measures
20 Standard weight or measure
21 Use of non -standard weight or measure prohibited
22 Manufacture, of non-standard weight or measure prohibited
23 Prohibition with regard to inscriptions, etc.
Chapter IV Custody And Verification Of Standard Equipments
24 Supply, etc. of reference standards
25 Preparation and custody of secondary or working standards
26 Verification, stamping, etc. of secondary or working standards
27 Secondary or working standard which may be stamped
Part III Appointment And Powers Of Director And Other Staff
28 Appointment of Director and other staff
29 Power of inspection, etc.
30 Forfeiture
Part IV Inter-State Trade Or Commerce In Weight, Measure Or Other Goods
Chapter I Applicability Of This Part
31 Part IV to apply to interstate trade or commerce only
Chapter II General
32 Use of weights only or measures only in certain cases
33 Prohibition of quotations, etc. otherwise than in terms of standard units of weights, measures or numeration
34 Any custom, usage, etc, contrary to standard weight, measure or numeration to be void
35 Manufacturers, etc. to maintain records and registers
Chapter III Approval Of Models
36 Approval of models
37 License to manufacture weights or measures when to be issued
38 Weight or measure to contain number of the approved model, etc.
Chapter IV Commodities In Packaged Form Intended To Be Sold Or Distributed In The Course Of Inter-State Trade Or Commerce
39 Quantities and origin of commodities in packaged form to be declare
Chapter V Verification And Stamping Of Weights And Measures Sent From One State To Another
40 Definitions
41 Verification and stamping of weights and measures sent from one State to another
42 Weight or measure of the first category to be presumed to be correct throughout the territory of India
43 Weight or measure of the first category not to be sold or used in any State unless it is stamped in the transfer or State
44 Weights or measures of the second category received from transferor State to be produced before the local Inspector of the transferee State
45 Procedure when any weight or measure is transferred from a transferee State to another State
46 Manufacturers, etc., who send any weight and measure to any other State to submit return to the Controller
Part V Import And Export Of Weights And Measures
Chapter I Registration Of Exporters And Importers
47 Persons exporting or importing any weight or measure to get themselves registered
Chapter II Export And Import Of Weights, Measures And Commodities In Packaged Form
48 Conditions under which export of non-standard weights and measures and other goods may be made
49 Non-metric weight or measure not to be imported
Part Offences And Their Trial
50 Penalty for use of non-standard weights or measures
51 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 18
52 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 22
53 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 23
54 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 29
55 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 32
56 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 33
57 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 34
58 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 35
59 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 36
60 Penalty for manufacture of weights or measures unless approval of model is in force
61 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 38
62 Penalty for sale, etc. of unverified weights or measures in the course of Inter-State trade or commerce
63 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 39
64 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 47
65 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 48
66 Penalty for contravention of Sec. 49
67 Penalty where no specific penalty is provided
68 Presumption to be made in certain cases
69 Penalty for personation of officials
70 Penalty for giving false information or false returns
71 Vexatious actions
72 Cognizance of offences, etc.
73 Compounding of offences
74 Offences by companies and power of Court to publish name, place of business, etc. of companies convicted'
75 Provisions of Indian Penal Code not to apply to any offence punishable under this Act
Part VII Training
76 Establishment of a Training Institute and provisions for training there at
77 Training at other places
78 Survey and statistics
79 Conversion of non-metric weights and measures into standard units of weights or measures
80 Non-metric weight or measure not to be mentioned in any document, etc. or to form the basis of any contract after the commencement of this Act
81 Appeals
82 Levy of fees
83 Power to make rules
84 Continuance of certain weights and measures during transitional period
85 Repeal and savings

(Act No. 60 of 1976)1

[8th April, 1976]

An Act to establish standards of weights and measures, to regulate inter-State trade or commerce in weights, measures and other goods which are sold or distributed by weight, measure or number, and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Twenty-seventh Year of the Republic of India as follows:

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