The Union government has decided to make packs of 19 categories of commodities in fixed measures of 25 gms, 50 gms, 100 gms, 125 gms, 250 gms, 500 gms and thereafter in multiples of 1 kg. But such a fixation is firstly contrary to metric spirit and secondly some measures are too widely spaced, which can put consumers at disadvantage because of tactics of manufacturers to dupe people.
WE HAVE a currency note of Rs. 20 and not of Rs. 25. Likewise, the unit-size should be 20 and 200 gms instead of 25 gms and 250 gms. Unit of 125 gms is not only irrational but is also close to the fixed unit of 100 gms, which can lead to mistakes or misuse during measurement.
For simplicity, all commodities rather than just 19 categories should have standard units of packs but only in units 1, 2, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 or 500 gms or miltrs, and then in 1, 2, 5 or multiples of 5 kgs or ltrs only.
Commonly used medicines can be packed by dose-wise administration - should also be packed in such suggested metric-units only. Even cough-lozenges are at times packed in strips of eight rather than ten because consumers compare price of such commodity by overlooking number of cough-lozenges in the strip.
The Union government should issue orders to consider packing other than in multiples of tens as an offence - and make it compulsory for manufacturers and traders to do away with age-old non-metric system of packing.