Department of Consumer Affairs 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 movement in the country.
The Department has been entrusted with the following work
Implementation of Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
Implementation of Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016
Implementation of Standards of Weights and Measures - The Legal Metrology Act, 2009.
Regulation of Packaged Commodities.
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).
Monitoring of prices and availability of essential commodities.
Training in Legal Metrology.
The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1952.
Laying down specifications, standards and codes and ensuring quality control of bio-fuels for end uses.