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Centre issues notice to E-commerce giants Amazon and Flipkart

The Centre on Friday served notices to e-commerce majors Amazon and Flipkart for non-declaration of mandatory disclosure, including the ‘Country of Origin’ on specific products.

The notices have been issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. While notices have been issued to Amazon and Flipkart, the department has asked the states to ensure compliance of rules by all e-commerce companies.

The letter said that it has come to the notice of the Department of Consumer Affairs that some of the e-commerce entities are not displaying the mandatory declarations as required under the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules of 2011.

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It said registration of manufacturers, packers and importers of pre-packaged commodities is mandatory. Thus every individual who does this for sale is required to be registered with the director or controller of Legal Metrology.

The letter said that in the marketplace model of e-commerce, responsibility for the correctness of the declarations lies with the manufacturer, seller, dealer or importer.

Amazon and Flipkart did not immediately respond to queries on the matter.
All e-commerce firms needed to comply with the norm to tag the ‘Country of Origin’ on all items being sold on their platforms by September 30.
Recently, the call for such norms gained momentum due to the India-China border tussle.

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