About Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
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:
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.
Implementation of Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
Monitoring of prices and availability of essential commodities.
National Test House.