The Department of Consumer Affairs has changed a crucial component of the Legal Metrology Act, allowing merchants to appoint an officer responsible for planning, directing and supervising business operations in order to avoid, contain and follow-up with procedures on any legal infractions.
The present norms bring these charges against the company’s executives. In the past, company directors have been prosecuted for breaches committed by the establishment, branch or unit in cases of infractions under the Legal Metrology Act.
On 4 October, the department announced changes to the law that will let businesses name a person with the power and responsibility of a branch, unit or establishment so that warnings of infractions by an establishment won’t be sent to the directors.
The Retailers Association of India welcomed the amendments, which it said were in line with its recommendations.