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Centre amends the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011

General Studies  2

Syllabus: Laws and notifications for social sector development, issues related to social sector development, Legal Metrology rules 2011 etc

 

Source: PIB

Context:

  • The Department of Consumer Affairs vides the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities), (Second Amendment) Rules 2022 has allowed electronic products to declare certain mandatory declarations through the QR Code for a period of one year, if not declared in the package itself.

 

Key Amendments:

  • Elaborated information through QR Code: This amendment will allow the industry to declare the elaborated information in digital form through the QR Code.
  • Important declarations to be declared effectively: It will allow important declarations to be declared effective on the label in the package while the other descriptive information can be conveyed to the Consumer through the QR Code.
  • Greater use of technology: The Department to enable greater use of technology in this digital era to declare the mandatory declaration through the QR Code which can be scanned to view the declarations like the address of the manufacturer or packer or importer, the common or generic name of the commodity, the size and dimension of the commodity and customer care details except for the telephone number & email address.
  • Mandatory declaration: Earlier, all the prepackaged commodities including the electronic products were required to declare all the mandatory declarations as per the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities), Rules 2011 on the package.

 

Insta Links:

Legal Metrology Rules, 2011

 

Practice Questions:

Q. All the prepackaged commodities including the electronic products are required to declare all the mandatory declarations as per the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities), Rules 2011. Critically analyze.

 

With reference to Legal Metrology Rules, consider the following statements:

  1. The Department of Consumer Affairs administers the Legal Metrology laws.
  2. The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities), Rules 2011 are primarily intended to ensure that the consumers are able to make informed choices by being informed of essential declarations on the pre-packed commodities.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

    1. 1 only
    2. 2 only
    3. Both 1 and 2
    4. Neither 1 nor 2

Ans: (c

Justification:

  • The Department of Consumer Affairs administers the Legal Metrology Rules.
  • The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities), Rules 2011 are primarily intended to ensure that the consumers are able to make informed choices by being informed of essential declarations on the pre-packed commodities.