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 movement 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.
  • Implementation of  Standards of Weights and Measures - The Legal Metrology Act, 2009.
  • Implementation of  Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986.
  • Laying down specifications, standards and codes and ensuring quality control of bio-fuels for end uses.
  • Consumer Cooperatives
  • Implementation of  Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
  • Monitoring of prices and availability of essential commodities.
  • National Test House.
Last Updated on : 01/06/2017