Fine, one-year jail for flouting MRP norms

Fine, one-year jail for flouting MRP norms”

Government has warned of heavy penalty including fine and jail term for the manufacturers for not printing revised price on unsold and new products under the new GST rule.

"We have done this in the interest of consumers, who should clearly be able to see the details mentioned in the label of pre-packaged food", Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters today.

Earlier this week, the Centre allowed manufactures struck with unsold inventories manufactured before July 1, to change their MRP by pasting stickers. The manufacturers have been given time till September the clear old stocks but only with the new MRP.

He said his ministry has also set up a committee to address the grievances of consumers on the implementation of the GST. "There are initial hiccups while implementing GST, but all those will be resolved soon".

Talking about the effect of GST on prices of goods, Paswan said some prices have increased while others have gone down. Goods sold after that have to print prices with GST on packages, the minister explained. "Declaration of the changed MRP shall be made by way of stamping or putting sticker or online printing", a government notification said.

Paswan said it was mandatory for manufacturers to put the revised MRP stickers on the unsold inventory, and any non-compliance would attract stringent action. Consumer Affairs Secretary Avinash Shrivastav said most of the calls pertained to the rollout of GST.

Retailers at premium locations including airports, hotels, malls, etc. will not be able to charge a higher MRP for their products from January 1 next year after the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs on Thursday released an order banning the practice of "dual MRP", reported The Times of India.

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