Central Government Issues Notice To Amazon & Flipkart

Sat Oct 17 2020 11:11:37 GMT+0530 (IST)

The Central government on Friday expressed dissatisfaction with the manner of e-commerce companies Flipkart and Amazon, which are busy with Big Billion Days and Great Indian Sales as part of festive sales.

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has issued notices to Amazon and Flipkart for not displaying the country of origin of the products sold on their websites. Both the companies have been asked to reply within 15 days.

The centre amended the Legal Metrology Rules, 2011 in January 2018 to add a new provision, mandating disclosure of country of origin for manufacturers, importers, packers and e-commerce entities.

"It has come to the notice of the Department of Consumer Affairs that some of the e-commerce entities are not displaying the mandatory declaration as required under the Legal Metrology (packaged commodities) Rules, 2011," the notice reads. This move came against the backdrop of calls to boycott Chinese goods following border clashes between India and China.

Meanwhile, the two e-commerce companies have launched festive sales in the wake of Dussehra and Diwali. Flipkart has announced that there will be festive offers from the 16th to the 21st, while Amazon has announced that the festive sales will start from the 17th.