New Delhi: The Centre has amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011 making it mandatory for sellers to declare MRP (maximum retail price) in Indian currency inclusive of all taxes on pre-packed products.
For the protection of consumer rights, unit sale price for all pre-packed commodities meant for retail sale has been introduced.
Declaration of date of manufacture on the pre-packed commodities would be made mandatory for pre-packed commodities under the revised rules which take effect from April 1, 2022.
“To safeguard the interest of consumers, the Department of Consumer Affairs under Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has omitted the Rule 5 of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities), Rules 2011 defining the Schedule II prescribing the pack sizes of various types of commodities,” an official release said.
“A new provision has been introduced to indicate the unit sale price on pre-packed commodities which will allow easier comparison of the prices of the commodities at the time of purchase,” it added.
Rules for declaring the commodities sold in pre-packed commodities in numbers have been eased out for reducing the compliance burden for manufacturer, importer or packer.
“Earlier such declarations could be denoted as ‘N’ or ‘U’ only. Now the quantities can be expressed in terms of the number or unit or piece or pair or set or such other word which represents the quantity in the package,” Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said in the statement.