Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 amended to prevent companies from selling the same product at different “maximum retail prices”. These rules will come into effect from January 1, 2018, bringing huge relief to consumers who are charged higher MRP for the same goods at airports, malls, and cinemas.
“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. 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 a complaint regarding dual MRP for an item depending upon the different type of public places like cinema hall, airport, malls etc.”- Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister, Union Food and Consumer Affairs.
"Goods displayed by the seller on e-commerce platform should 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, dimension etc, " clarified the ministry.
However, these rules will not be applicable to the restaurants. As per, National Restaurant Association of India, restaurants under GST come within the ambit of supplier service and this rule is applicable for retail services where the consumer buy off the counter. Further, the consumer affairs department has also ordered that medical devices such as stents, orthopedic implants, valves, syringes and tools for operation will have to display MRP.
Source: Hindustan Times
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