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Changes needed in consumer act
MADHU AGRAWAL | 14 Jan 2011

Union government should make appropriate changes in Packaged Commodities Act to check menace of gimmick packaging by manufacturers to cheat consumers.

UNION GOVERNMENT should make appropriate changes in Packaged Commodities Act to check menace of gimmick packaging by manufacturers to cheat consumers. It should be made compulsory to pack all packaged commodities only in packs of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 gms/mltrs/kgs/ltrs only to avoid gimmick packaging to be-fool consumers by manufacturers. Goods packed by numbers should likewise be only in packs of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and similar multiples of 1000 abolishing packing by dozens etc.

Also Union and state governments should take steps to safeguard consumer-rights like including VAT and other local taxes compulsorily in printed ‘Maximum Retail Price’ (MRP), imposing MRP-based excise-duty to reduce large gap between MRP and ex-factory price. India should follow South Africa in extending ‘Right-To-Information’ Act in private sector too.