Over­charg­ing Can Fetch Penalty

Consumer Voice - - Feature -

d) No re­tail dealer or other per­son shall oblit­er­ate, smudge or al­ter the re­tail sale price, in­di­cated by the man­u­fac­turer or the packer, as the case may be, on the pack­age or on the la­bel af­fixed thereto.

e) The man­u­fac­turer or packer shall not al­ter the price on the wrap­per once printed and used for pack­ing.

Thus, al­ter­ing the price is a clear vi­o­la­tion of the Pack­aged Com­modi­ties Rules and be­cause the state gov­ern­ments en­force the rules, a con­sumer can com­plain to the depart­ment of legal metrol­ogy. At the web­site of the min­istry of con­sumer af­fairs (con­sumeraf­fairs.nic.in), one can get the tele­phone num­bers and ad­dresses of the con­trollers of legal metrol­ogy in the states. Ac­cord­ing to Legal Metrol­ogy Act, 2009, of­fend­ers can be made to pay a fee of up to Rs 5,000 for the first of­fence and can be pros­e­cuted and im­pris­oned for up to six months for the sec­ond. Bring­ing up the is­sue of over­charg­ing, Mumbai Gra­hak Pan­chayat chair­per­son Shirish Desh­pande had once re­marked, “If 35 lakh litres of milk is traded in Mumbai daily and 70 per cent (24 lakh) of it is over­charged by one ru­pee, then con­sumers are fleeced for about Rs 24 lakh ev­ery day. This is a huge amount of un­taxed money that ven­dors charge il­le­gally, caus­ing a loss not just to con­sumers but also to the gov­ern­ment.”

A De­cep­tive Price, Is It?

Here are a few ob­ser­va­tions to help you make your own opin­ion about the MRP: as some re­tail­ers give you any dis­count cit­ing min­i­mal mar­gins on sell­ing price. dif­fer­ence be­tween ex-fac­tory price and the MRP is quite high. ex­cise duty on the ex-fac­tory price. There­fore, it amended the Cen­tral Ex­cise Act, 1976, and em­pow­ered it­self to levy ex­cise duty on MRP, rather than on the man­u­fac­tur­ing price or ex­fac­tory price for goods fall­ing un­der the purview of Stan­dards of Weights and Mea­sures Act or any other law. MRP. The con­sumer con­tin­ues to be at the mercy of re­tail­ers, who sell the prod­ucts at MRP with­out any dis­counts. freight trans­port charges, com­mis­sion payable to deal­ers, all charges to­wards ad­ver­tise­ment, de­liv­ery, pack­ing, for­ward­ing and the like. How­ever, the com­mis­sion payable to deal­ers, ad­ver­tise­ment charges, etc., which are not fixed by the gov­ern­ment and other such fac­tors re­sult in es­ca­la­tion of the re­tail price to the detri­ment of the con­sumer. of­ten used by the man­u­fac­tur­ers for prof­i­teer­ing, such as giv­ing the im­pres­sion that MRP is fixed by the gov­ern­ment. In some cases MRP is fol­lowed by ‘lo­cal taxes ex­tra’, which is to­tally il­le­gal.

Con­sumers Must Note

at­tracts pe­nal pro­vi­sion. How­ever, sell­ing be­low the MRP de­pends on var­i­ous fac­tors such as com­pe­ti­tion, freight el­e­ments and taxes. The con­sumer has the right to bar­gain on MRP. wrap­per and used for pack­ing can­not be al­tered on the higher side. The re­tailer can­not af­fix stick­ers on it for in­creas­ing the price. should be to­tal trans­parency so that a con­sumer does not feel cheated.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.