Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011

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  • Use of proper, accurate and standard weights and measures are very important for effective functioning of any economy, as it plays an indispensable role in  consumer protection as  protection from malpractices of under-weight or under-measurement, is an important function of the Government.
  • The Legal Metrology (packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 are framed to regulate the pre-packaged commodities.
  • Under these rules, the pre-packaged commodities    have to comply with certain   mandatory lebelling requirements.
  • Based on the experience of implementation   of the Rules and after a detailed stakeholder consultation, the Department has amended the rules, aimed at enhanced consumer protection, but at the same time balancing with the requirement of ease of doing business.

Some of the salient features of the amendments are as below:

  • Goods displayed by the seller on e-commerce platform shall contain declarations required under the Rules like name & Address of the manufacturer, packer and importer, name of the commodity, net content, retail sale price, consumer care complaint, dimention etc.
  • Specific mention is made in the rules that no person shall declare different MRPs (dual MRP) on an identical pre-packaged commodity, unless allowed under any law.
  • This will benefit consumers at large as they are having complaint regarding dual MRP for item depending upon different type of public places like Cinema Hall, Airport, Malls etc.

Source:PIB