Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is one of the two Departments under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution. It was constituted as a separate Department in June 1997 as it was considered necessary to have a separate Department to give a fillip to the nascent consumer in the country
The Department has been entrusted with the following work
·         Internal Trade
·         The Essential Commodities Act, 1955 (10 of 1955) (Supply, Prices and Distribution of Essential Commodities not dealt with specifically by any other Department).
·         Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supply of Essential Commodities Act, 1980(7 of 1980).
·         Regulation of Packaged Commodities.
·         Training in Legal Metrology.
·         The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1952.
·         Standards of Weights and Measures - The Legal Metrology Act, 2009.
·         Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986.
·         Laying down specifications, standards and codes and ensuring quality control of bio-fuels for end uses.
·         Consumer Cooperatives
·         Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
·         Monitoring of prices and availability of essential commodities.
·         National Test House.