Govt serves 202 notices to online sellers for country of origin norm violation

The central authorities on Tuesday mentioned that it has issued as many as 217 notices to e-commerce firms within the final one year for not following correct norms whereas promoting items online. These notices have been despatched for violations like incorrect declaration of country of origin, improper point out of date of expiry, charging greater than MRP and others.

The client affairs ministry mentioned that the utmost quantity of notices – 202 – have been associated to incorrect declaration of country of origin on merchandise.

A majority of such violations have been discovered with respect to digital home equipment (47), adopted by attire (35) and residential merchandise, it added.

The ministry didn’t disclose the names of the businesses to whom these notices have been despatched. “We are trying to do this exercise to alert both companies as well as consumers,” client affairs secretary Leena Nandan mentioned throughout an interplay woth the media yesterday.

The ministry additionally shared a quick presentation which gave particulars in regards to the violations.

The central client safety authority (CCPA), which additionally comes beneath client affairs ministry, mentioned in the identical interplay that in run-up to the festive season, it has taken sturdy motion on violations of client rights.

The whole quantity collected by the compounding of the offences is 41,85,500. Significantly, the CCPA has issued advisory to all market e-commerce platforms.

The CCPA has despatched a discover to e-commerce entities for violations reported on their platforms. It directed such entities to furnish detailed reply as to what are the tangible steps which were taken by them on this matter.

The CCPA mentioned that some market e-commerce entities should not complying with Rule 5(3)(e) of the E-Commerce Rules, 2020, which mandates each market e-commerce entity to prominently show to its customers, in a transparent and accessible method at an acceptable place on its platform all data offered to it by sellers beneath sub-rule (5) of rule 6 together with the identify, contact numbers and designation of the grievance officer for client grievance redressal or for reporting some other matter.

“Due to lack of required information, a consumer is ill-informed about the product or service,” it mentioned within the discover.

During its review, the CCPA mentioned that it discovered e-commerce entities are giving run-of-the-mill reply to customers stating that they’re solely intermediaries and should not liable for any grievance with regard to the product and it’s the vendor who’s accountable for any legal responsibility arising out of the acquisition made on its platform.

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