The Central government’s Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) has issued notices to five e-commerce entities, including Amazon, Flipkart, Snapclues and PaytmMall, for marketing pressure cookers that do not meet the BIS quality norms, according to a government statement issued on Monday.
The CCPA has sought an explanation from the e-commerce entities within seven days from issuance of the notice, failing which necessary action may be initiated against them under the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.
According to the official statement, CCPA has taken suo motu cognisance against e-commerce entities found to be selling Pressure Cookers in violation to the Domestic Pressure Cooker (Quality Control) Order, 2020.
Pressure Cookers which do not conform to the compulsory standards are liable to held ‘defective’ under the Act.
The e-commerce rules also lay down that no e-commerce entity shall adopt any unfair trade practice, whether the in course of business on its platform or otherwise.
CCPA has also written to DG BIS to take immediate cognizance of the matter and take necessary action.
The department of consumer affairs has provided the list of 13 such products being available for sale on e-commerce platforms.
'AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Outer Lid Pressure Cooker, 4 L (does not give pressure alert by whistle)'; and Quba 5 Litre Induction Base Aluminium Pressure Cooker, Inner Lid are available on Amazon.in.
The three ree products on Flipkart.com are Quba Aluminium Regular 5 L Induction Bottom Pressure Cooker (Aluminium), PRISTINE Stainless Steel 5 L Induction Bottom Pressure Cooker (Stainless Steel) and DIAMOND by FastColors Outer Lid 10 Litres Aluminium 10 L Pressure Cooker (Aluminium).
Snapdeal.com is selling two such products -- ABODE 5 L Aluminium OuterLid Pressure Cooker Without Induction Base and Bestech Mirror Finish Induction Stovetop Compatible Cherry Pressure Cooker 5Ltr.
The products on Shopclues.com are-- Quba Aluminium Regular 5 Litre Pressure Cooker with Induction Bottom (Aluminium), PRISTINE Induction Base Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, 5L and Ethical TRI-NATURE Pressure Cooker 5 Litre Induction Bottom Stainless Steel TriPly SAS.
Paytmmall.com is offering sale of three products -- PRISTINE 5.5 L Outer Lid Pressure Cooker Induction Bottom (Silver, Stainless Steel , Set of 1); Quba 5 L Inner Lid Pressure Cooker Induction Bottom ( Silver , Aluminium , Set of 1 ); and Ethical Cookware Combos Induction Bottom ( Stainless Steel , Set of 1 ).
As part of celebrations of 75 years of Independence - 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav', CCPA has initiated a country-wide campaign to prevent sale of spurious and counterfeit goods that violate Quality Control Orders published by the Centre, the official statement said.
In this regard, CCPA has already issued directions to district collectors across the country to investigate unfair trade practices and violation of consumer rights concerning manufacture or sale of such goods.
Essential, daily use products which have been identified for the campaign are helmets, pressure cookers and cooking gas cylinders.