The legal metrology department, under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, has come out with an advisory for the industry, associations and stakeholders. It has asked them not to overwrite the new MRP on the old, and warned that changes in MRP should be within the new applicable GST limits.
The state’s legal metrology department issued a press note after a circular and advisory was issued by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs on July 4. It asks citizens to check the date of manufacture, packer, importer; if the item is post July 1, no extra sticker is allowed. Bills and invoices should reflect the revised prices. The department has also issued phone numbers and email ids for consumers to file complaints.
The central government’s circular states that packaging material which could not be exhausted before July 1, may be used till September 30, 2017 or till it is exhausted, whichever is earlier, after putting the new prices. If the price has reduced due to GST, both the old and new prices must be mentioned. A circular by the director of legal metrology, Government of India, says the changed MRP’s declaration shall be made by way of stamping, putting a sticker, or online pricing, as the case may be.
It orders that manufacturers, packers or importers shall make at least two advertisements in one or more newspapers, and also by circulation of notices to dealers and to the Director of Legal Metrology in the Central Government, and Controllers of Legal Metrology in the States and Union Territories, indicating the change in the price of such packages.
TO FILE A COMPLAINT
Telephone: (022) 2222622022
Share on Facebook