SC issued Notice to Centre seeking mention of ‘country of origin’ on all e-commerce Goods

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By Weindrila Sen-

The Supreme Court’s bench comprising of Chief Justice SA Bodbe, Justice AS Bopanna and V.Ramasubramanian has issued a notice to the Centre in a plea, seeking the mention of “country of origin” in every product sold at both e-commerce sites and other business organizations. This step will ensure that citizens can facilitate their option of boycotting Chinese products.

The Petition was filed by Advocate Divya Jyoti Singh after the recent standoff between India and China at the Galwan Valley on June 15 which left many Indian soldiers martyred. The plea mentioned that the e-commerce websites should mention the “country of origin” of every product they offer in their platforms to make the consumers aware of the products they are buying.

The Petition also seeks to amend Section 2(9) of the Consumer Protection Act, 2019, which mentions the various rights of the consumers like the right to be informed about the quality, purity standard, prices, etc. of the goods and services. By mentioning the “country of origin” the consumers will be protected from the unfair trade practice which is the right of the consumer under Consumer Protection Act, 2019. The name of the origin will thus increase the transparency of the products sold at various e-commerce websites.

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