In June 2017, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution had approved the new rule for MRP of packaged goods, and the metrology officials will now conduct surprise checks at different public places. This new rule has come into force from January 1st 2018. According to this rule, packaged products cannot be sold with different price tags.
In Maharashtra, Vijay Sagar, consumer activist and president of Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat is trying to spread more awareness about this new rule by conducting meetings for social activists and requested citizens to complaint about dual MRP to local metrology officials. Arun Deshpande, chairman of Consumer Welfare Advisory Committee of Maharashtra, said that, the new rule should not remain only on paper. It should be implemented in right spirit. Consumers should complaint and if legal metrology officials do not act on these complaints then strict actions will be taken on them too. Further he added that, consumers can contact on the national consumer complaint cell, which will be then forwarded to the local LMD office.
The MRP Violators will be penalized under section 36 of the Legal Metrology Act. The violator will be charged Rs.25,000 fine for the first offence, Rs.50,000 for the second and Rs. 1 lakh for the third, which may also attract jail term.