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Govt makes standard packs mandatory for 19 items from Thursday

The government has made mandatory standardised packaging of 19 items and non-compliance would invite penal action

 
The government has made mandatory standardised packaging of 19 items and non-compliance would invite penal action
 
New Delhi: Manufacturers of 19 commodities, mostly food items like biscuit and bread, will have to package their products in standard sizes from Thursday—a move aimed at protecting consumers from unfair trade practice by companies of reducing weight without changing the retail price, reports PTI.
 
The government has made mandatory standardised packaging of 19 items and non-compliance would invite penal action.
 
“In the interest of common consumer, from today onwards 19 commodities of day-to-day use, like bread, biscuits, tea can be sold in specified standard packs only.
 
“Manufacture, packing or import of these commodities in non-standard packs will invite penal action,” the consumer affairs ministry said in a statement.
 
The ministry has comes out with a list of standard sizes for 19 commodities including tea, coffee and salt. The items to be covered under the new packaging order includes non-food products such as cement, paint and soaps.
 
Following complaints regarding unfair reduction in the quantity of packaged products from some consumer organisation, the government has amended the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011. A notice was issued on 5th June this year in this regard.
 
“It has been observed that some manufacturers in the country are reducing quantity of packaged products by small fractions without making a change in the price of the product.
 
The government after due examination of the issue amended the Legal Metrology Rules,” food minister KV Thomas had said.
 
The other items are—cereals and pulses; edible oils, vanaspati, ghee, and butter oil; rice (powdered), flour, atta, rawa and suji; baby food; weaning food; un-canned packages of butter and margarine; milk powder; aerated soft drinks and non-alcoholic beverages; mineral water and drinking water; cement in bags; paint varnish; soaps; non-soapy detergents (powder); materials which may be constituted or reconstituted as beverages.
 

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Mumbai has highest percentage of digitization, Delhi 2nd

“As per the data provided by Multi-System Operators, the percentage of digitisation in Delhi has gone up to 101%. In Mumbai, it is 118% whereas in Kolkata it is 85% and in Chennai it stands at 63%,” statement released by the I&B ministry said

New Delhi: After the analogue television signal was switched off at midnight of 31 October 2012 in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, the I&B ministry claimed that Mumbai has the highest percentage of digitisation followed by Delhi with more than 100% coverage, reports PTI.

 

“As per the data provided by Multi-System Operators, the percentage of digitisation in Delhi has gone up to 101%. In Mumbai, it is 118% whereas in Kolkata it is 85% and in Chennai it stands at 63%,” statement released by the ministry said.

 

The first phase of digitisation covered Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. While the ministry has gone ahead with its digitisation plan in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, analogue cable TV signals continued in Chennai due to an interim stay granted by the Madras High Court.

 

In its statement today, the I&B ministry said that as per 2011 census figures, 103.76 lakh households are there in four metro cities.

 

The consumer can select channel packages as per their choice or from a-la-carte list, the I&B ministry statement said. The bill is generated by the system as per the channels chosen by the cable subscriber, it added.

 

The consumer can also subscribe to high definition channels and digital cable TV will also enable the provision wherein in addition to the TV—internet, radio, telephony would also be available through the same cable line, the ministry said.

 

It said MSOs had been asked to certify that analogue signals have been switched off. It has been reported that analog signals have been switched off from all the head ends in Delhi and Mumbai while Kolkata has given mixed reports, the ministry said.

 

The ministry said MSOs had also been asked to set up kiosks in poorer colonies to ensure STBs are available at the determined price of Rs799 on the spot.

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Rs26.5 hike in cooking gas cylinders put on hold

“The price hike has been put on hold,” a top oil company official said declining to give a reason for the same

New Delhi:  Facing stiff opposition, the government on Thursday put on hold the Rs 26.5 increase in price of cooking gas cylinders that consumers buy beyond their quota of six subsidised bottles, reports PTI.

 

“The price hike has been put on hold,” a top oil company official said declining to give a reason for the same.

 

The latest increase in non-subsidised cooking gas has been reversed and it will be available at old rates.

 

The official said there is no change in the decision to hike price of commercial LPG cylinders.

 

Earlier in the day, the price of LPG cylinders, which consumers buy beyond the cheaper quota of six bottles, was hiked by Rs 26.50 to Rs 922 per unit on firming international rates.

 

The government had in September restricted the supply of subsidised domestic LPG cylinders to six per household in a year. State-owned oil firms revise rates of non-subsidised LPG on first of every month based on the average imported cost and rupee-US dollar rate during the previous month.

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