Government not to extend deadline for selling pre-GST packaged goods

The government will not extend the deadline for sale of pre-GST packaged products with stickers of revised rates after March 31, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.

After Goods and Services Tax (GST) became effective from July 1, companies were asked to use stickers on unsold packaged commodities to display new maximum retail price (MRP) till September, which was later extended twice till March.

Asked if the deadline will be extended further, Paswan said, “From next month, there will be one MRP on the packaged products. No additional price stickers on unsold stocks will be allowed.” The deadline will not be extended further unless the GST Council decides, he told.

When rates of about 200 items were cut in November, the consumer affairs ministry had permitted to paste additional stickers under the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.

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