Legal Metrology Rules Amended

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The government has amended the metrology rules which would allow it to fix retail prices of essential commodities like pulses and sugar in extra-ordinary situations.

Under the present system, retail prices are fixed by market forces, leaving very little room for the government to check undue spike in prices.

Therefore, government has notified amendments to the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, to include a provision to fix retail price of any essential commodity.

The notification says that if retail sale price of any essential commodity is fixed and notified by the competent authority under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955, the same shall apply.

This rule will apply to essential commodities that are sold both in loose and packaged form in retail markets.

Currently, there are measures to control wholesalers and importers and not retailers. This provision will help the government to take proactive steps in the interest of consumers.

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