The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011 were amended by the central government, requiring the disclosure of the maximum retail price (MRP) in Indian currency, inclusive of all taxes on pre-packaged commodities and the date of manufacturing, necessary. The changes will take effect on April 1, 2022, according to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution.
“To protect consumers’ interests, the Department of Consumer Affairs, which is part of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, has omitted Rule 5 of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011, which defines the Schedule II prescribing the pack sizes of various types of commodities,” according to a statement.
It stated that a new provision has been included to identify the unit selling price for pre-packaged commodities, which would make it simpler to compare pricing at the time of purchase.
The MRP declaration regulations have been simplified by eliminating the example and requiring an obligatory MRP declaration in Indian currency inclusive of all taxes. This has made it easier for the producer, packer, and importer to disclose the MRP on pre-packaged goods.
Previously, such statements could only be signified by the letters ‘N’ or ‘U.’ Now the amounts may be described as a number, unit, piece, pair, set, or any other word that describes the quantity in the package. This will eliminate the uncertainty surrounding the statement of the amount sold by number in prepackaged goods.
“This will eliminate the uncertainty of declaring amount sold by number in prepacked goods,” according to the ministry.
Source: The Economic Times