Kohima, September 26 (MExN): The enforcement officials under the establishment of the Assistant Controller, Legal Metrology & Consumer Protection, Kohima District conducted inspection of some trading agencies in Kohima to check the manipulation of price of packaged commodities post-GST.
One hardware firm located at BOC area was caught by the enforcement officials for an offence in which the printed Maximum Retail Price (MRP) on a package was removed and the price post-GST was handwritten. It is a violation of section 18 of the Legal Metrology Act 2009, rule 18(3) of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011 and Notification No. WM- 10 (3) 2017 dated 4/7/17 from the Government of India, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, which clearly stated that the manufacturers/packers or importers of pre-packaged commodities should declare the changed retail price (MRP) on the unsold stock manufactured/ packed/ imported prior to 1st July, 2017, from 1st July to 30th September, 2017 where the original MRP shall continue to be displayed and the revised MRP shall be made by way of stamping or putting stickers or online printing as the case may be, and not overwritten on it.
Declarations on pre-packaged commodities are a must under the Legal Metrology Act 2009 and the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011, stated a press release issued by I Meyimeren Ao, Assistant Controller, LM&CP, Kohima
Consumers and public are asked to check MRP of both post-GST and pre-GST price tag on packages in order to avoid being fooled by the traders/shopkeepers in the name of GST. Consumers are also asked to contact the office of the Assistant Controller, Legal Metrology & Consumer Protection, Kohima, Nagaland, located at AG colony for any complaint.