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Penalty provided under the LM Act and PC Rules

According to the recent amendments in the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 the provisions relating to amount of fine imposed for contravention with the said Rules have been amended. The Rules state that whoever contravenes any provisions of these rules, for which no punishment is provided, shall be punished with fine of Five Thousand Rupees.

Compounding of offences: The amendment also revised the sum of compounding of offences committed under the Act shall be as follows:

  • Section 29 of The Legal Metrology Act, 2009 lays down the Penalty for quoting or publishing, etc., of non-standard units. It states that
  • Whoever violates section 11 shall be punished with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees and, for the second or subsequent offence, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.
  • Section 36 of The Legal Metrology Act, 2009 lays down the Penalty for selling, etc., of non-standard packages. It states that:
    • Whoever manufactures, packs, imports, sells, distributes, delivers or otherwise transfers, offers, exposes or possesses for sale, or causes to be sold, distributed, delivered or otherwise transferred, offered, exposed for sale any pre-packaged commodity which does not conform to the declarations on the package as provided in this Act, shall be punished with fine which may extend to twenty-five thousand rupees, for the second offence, with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees and for the subsequent offence, with fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees but which may extend to one lakh rupees or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with both.
    • Whoever manufactures or packs or imports or causes to be manufactured or packed or imported, any pre-packaged commodity, with error in net quantity as may be prescribed shall be punished with fine which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees but which may extend to fifty thousand rupees and for the second and subsequent offence, with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with both.



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