The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Amendment Rules, 2022.

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution vide its notification dated 28th March 2022 has published the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Amendment Rules, 2022 to further amend the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 which shall come into force with effect from 1st October 2022.

The Amendment is brought under rule 6 which deals with declarations to be made on every package in which the following sub-clause has been substituted:

“(11)  The unit sale price in rupees, rounded off to the nearest two decimal place, shall be declared on every pre-packaged commodities in the following manner, namely:-

  • per gram where net quantity is less than one kilogram and per kilogram where net quantity is more than one kilogram;
  • per centimeter where net length is less than one metre and per metre where net length is more than one metre;
  • per mililitre where net volume is less than one litre and per litre where net volume is more than one litre;
  •  per number or unit if any item is sold by number or unit: Provided that for packages containing alcoholic beverages or spirituous liquor, the State Excise Laws and the rules made thereunder shall be applicable within the State in which it is manufactured. Provided further that declaration of unit sale price is not required for the pre-packaged commodities in which retail sale price is equal to the unit sale price.”

Further no prosecution shall be initiated against the manufacturer or packer or importer of pre-packaged commodities for making declaration with effect from the 1st April, 2022.