448 notices served on e-commerce entities for reporting violations

Up to 448 notices have been served on e-commerce entities for violation of the statement in the past one year and nine months and a fine of around Rs 78 lakh has been charged to the companies as a compound fee for violation of the statement, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution informed on Wednesday.

Union Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, in a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, informed on Wednesday that the Legal Metrology (Packaged Goods) Rules 2011 under the Legal Metrology Act 2009 provide that an e-commerce entity must ensure that the name and address of the manufacturer or packer or importer, maximum retail price (MRP), country of origin, common or generic name of merchandise, net quantity, month and year of manufacture, customer service details, etc. must be displayed on the digital and electronic network used for electronic commerce transactions.

This is to ensure that the consumer makes an informed and conscious decision based on the declaration of the product on the e-commerce platform, the ministry said.

For reporting violations by e-commerce companies, 38 notices during the period of October 16, 2020 to December 31, 2020, 232 notices during the period of January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021 and 178 notices during the period of January 1, 2022 on July 11, 2022 were issued by the Department of Legal Metrology, Department of Consumption.

And an amount of around Rs 77,90,500 in the form of compound fees has been made from e-commerce companies.

State governments are also empowered to take action for breaches of the Legal Metrology (Packaged Goods) Rules 2011, he added.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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