Centre amends Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011

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The central government has amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011 making declaration of maximum retail price (MRP) in Indian currency inclusive of all taxes on pre packed commodities and date of manufacture mandatory. The amendments to come into effect from 1st April, 2022, said the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution.

“To safeguard 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, ” it said in a statement.

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.

The provisions of declarations of MRP has been simplified by removing illustration and providing for making the mandatory declaration of MRP in Indian currency inclusive of all taxes. This has allowed the manufacturer, packer and importer to declare the MRP on the pre packed commodities in a simplified manner.

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. This will remove the ambiguity of declaration of quantity sold by number in pre packed commodities.

“This will remove the ambiguity of declaration of quantity sold by number in pre packed commodities, ” the government said.