Source: ETRetail.com, June 28, 2017
NEW DELHI: Institutional consumers such as airways, educational entities, hotels, hospitals or any other service establishment, which buy packaged commodities in bulk for their own use from manufacturers or wholesalers, cannot sell them as a retailer. As per the new rules notified by the consumer affairs ministry , all such products will bear a declaration of “not for retail sale”.
Moreover, it mentions that there cannot be dual maximum retail price (MRP) for the same product by the same manufacturer. “Unless otherwise specifically provided under any other law, no manufacturer or packer or importer shall declare different MRPs on the identical pre-packaged commodity by adopting restrictive trade practices or unfair trade practices under Consumer Protection Act,“ the new rules say.
There have been several instances of dual pricing of the same commodities such as drinking water for different locations such as airports, hotels and multiplexes.The matter had even gone to the country’s apex consumer commission, which had ruled against such practice The modifications in the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules also specifies that all packaged items will mention “best before“ and “use by date“ for easy understanding of the consumers. It says that items that have breached the “use by“ date should not be regarded as marketable, meaning these have to be discarded. The new norms specify increased size of letters to be used on the packaging so that consumers can read them easily.
All these norms will come into effect from January 1.Consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan had been pushing for such amendments in the rules for benefit of the consumers. According to the notification, the retail price of the packaged item “shall clearly indicate that it is the MRP inclusive of all taxes and the price in rupees and paise be rounded off to the nearest Rupee or 50 paise.“
For imported items, the new rule mandates that the manufacturer, packer or importer to mention the barcode or QR code and `e-code’ for net quantity assurance of the commodity . They cannot use any government logo for their product including “Swachh Bharat“ without getting permission from the government.