The consumer affairs ministry has asked the e-com giant Amazon India to pay a fine of INR 75000 for not providing the details of ‘country of origin’ of product displayed on it platform. This is the first penalty that the government has imposed on a e-commerce organization under The Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodity).
The order dated November 19 said, “In the absence of any material evidence on record to vindicate that you have exercised due diligence in discharging your duty as an intermediary, by default your company is also held responsible for the violation under reference,”
Therefore, non-declaration of information required under the rules is contravention of the provisions of the the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and the Legal Metrology (Package Commodities) Rules, 2011 which is punishable, it said.
“if you are willing to close the matter departmentally, you can compound the case as per section 48(1) of the Act on payment for credit to the government an amount of INR 25000 each on behalf of each director plus INR 25000 on behalf of the company,” the legal team of Metrology department wrote to Amazon Seller Services last week. It also added if the company failed to give a satisfactory reply within seven days the department will be “constrained to initiate” prosecution proceedings against the firm and all the directors at a competent court