Bureau of Indian Standards seizes 1032 pressure cookers and 936 helmets for violation of Quality Control Orders


The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) has issued Safety Notice alerting consumers against selling household goods in violation to compulsory standards as notified by the Central Government.


In exercise of powers under Section 18(2)(j) of the Consumer Protection Act, 2019, the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) has issued a Safety Notice to alert consumers against buying household goods which do not hold valid ISI Mark and violate the standards directed for compulsory use by the Central Government.


The household goods in reference to which CCPA has issued Safety Notice are as under:-
















S.No.

Name

Line Ministry

Standard

Date of coming into force

1

Electrical Immersion Water Heaters

DPIIT

IS 302-2-201 (1992)

17.02.2003

2

Electric Iron

DPIIT

IS 302-2-3 (1992)

17.02.2003

3

Switches for domestic and similar purposes

DPIIT

IS 3854: 1988

17.02.2003

4

Domestic Gas Stoves for use with Liquefied Petroleum Gases

DPIIT

IS 4246:20020

01.06.2020

5

Microwave Oven

MEITY

IS 302 : Part 2 : Sec 25 : 2014

18.09.2021

6

Aluminium Foil for Food Packaging



DPIIT

IS: 15392

17.08.2020

7

Hand-held Blender

DPIIT

IS 302 : Part 2 :Sec 14

01.05.2019

8

Domestic Electric Food


Mixer (Liquidizers and


Grinders) and Centrifugal Juicer.

DPIIT

IS 4250

01.05.2019

9

Helmet for riders of Two


Wheeler Motor Vehicles

MoRTH

IS 4151: 2015

01.06.2021

10

Sewing Machines

DPIIT

IS 15449 : Part 1 : 2004

01.09.2021

11

Cooking Gas Cylinder

DPIIT

As specified in Gas Cylinder Rules, 2016

22.11.2016




Previously, CCPA had also issued Safety Notice dated 06.12.2021 to alert consumers against buying helmets, pressure cookers and cooking gas cylinders which violate compulsory standards. Under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019, goods which violate compulsory standards are liable to be held ‘defective’.


The Safety Notices have been widely circulated among all States & UTs, Industry associations, Legal service authorities, Consumer associations and Law chairs.


CCPA has decided to take up cases involving sale or offering for sale goods which violate compulsory standards as matter of preventing unfair trade practice and to protect, promote and enforce the rights of consumers as a class. Therefore, any person found selling the household items as mentioned in the table above without conforming to compulsory standards and holding valid license as prescribed by BIS shall be liable for violation of consumer rights and unfair trade practices and face action under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.


It may be mentioned that Nidhi Khare, Chief Commissioner, CCPA has also taken suo-moto action against e-commerce entities and sellers who were found to be selling pressure cookers in violation to compulsory standards online. 15 Notices have already been issued with respect to such violations. The cases have also been forwarded to BIS for taking necessary action under the BIS Act, 2016.


Further, Section 17 of the BIS Act, 2016 prohibits any person to manufacture, import, distribute, sell, hire, lease, store or exhibit for sale any such goods or article in violation to the direction of compulsory use of Standard Mark published by the Central Government.


Further, as per Section 29(3), any person who contravenes the provisions of section 17 shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to two years or with fine which shall not be less than two lakh rupees for the first contravention and not be less than five lakh rupees for the second and subsequent contraventions, but may extend up to ten times the value of goods or articles produced or sold or offered to be sold or affixed or applied with a Standard Mark, including Hallmark, or with both. Section 29(4) designates contravention of sub-section (3) as a cognizable offence


BIS has conducted search and seizure operation for violation of QCO on helmets and pressure cookers, details of which are as under:-


Helmets










Name of entity

No. of helmets seized without ISI mark during search and seizure operation

M/s H U F Enterprises & M/s Fame Enterprises

747

M/s Ryder Auto Accessories

85

M/s Adeshwars Ryders Arena

14

M/s Project Revolt LLP (M/s Lazy Ass bikers)

90

Total

936




Pressure Cookers












Name of entity

No. of pressure cookers seized without ISI mark during search and seizure operation

M/s Raja Ratan Industries

963

M/s Sohil Impex

20

M/s Tekshiv Systems Pvt Ltd

47

M/s Hardtrac Computer Services Pvt. Ltd

2

Total

1032




If any consumer finds any person selling or manufacturing such goods in violation to BIS standards, a complaint may be sent to BIS using the BIS Care mobile or the Consumer Engagement Portal at https://www.services.bis.gov.in:8071/php/BIS_2.0/.


 Alternatively, complaint may also be sent to National Consumer Helpline   to register grievance at1800-11-4000 or 14404.


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Bureau of Indian Standards signs MoU with IIT Roorkee for establishment of ‘BIS Standardization Chair Professor’


Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Roorkee (IITR) on 10th March 2022 for establishment of ‘BIS Standardization Chair Professor’ at IIT Roorkee. This would be the first Standardization Chair established by BIS in an Institute for activities on Standardization and Conformity Assessment.



The MoU would facilitate the research & development, teaching and training in the field of Standardization and Conformity Assessment in the country with focus on the areas of civil, electrical, mechanical, chemical, earthquake engineering, development and management of water resources and renewable energy projects, infrastructure development, medical biotechnology and nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomaterials, etc. This will also help in sensitizing students on how standards can encourage and facilitate innovation and will help in grooming students making them better prepared for their future professional challenges.



Shri Pramod Kumar Tiwari, Director General (DG), BIS, assured commitment towards this initiative and provide all the necessary support.





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Central Bureau of Narcotics busts illegal Drug manufacturing factory in Delhi


Preventive and Intelligence Cell, Central Bureau of Narcotics, New Delhi, developed specific information about a clandestine manufacturing plant of Tramadol in Bawana, Industrial Area, New Delhi and its forefront store at Sirsa (Haryana) in selling the manufactured Tramadol in disguise of Ayurvedic Medicines.


Acting on the said specific information joint Preventive team of Central Bureau of Narcotics New Delhi and Gwalior conducted raid at Plot No. 93, Pocket G, Sector 5, Bawana Industrial Area, New Delhi and at Sh. Balaji Ayurvedic Store, Janta Bhawan Road, Sirsa (Haryana) on 07.02.2022 and unearthed a clandestine Tramadol manufacturing unit at Bawana Industrial Area, New Delhi. The said manufacturing unit was running in disguise of Honey processing plant and manufactured Tramadol Tablets were branded as Ayurvedic medicine. The search of the said premises resulted into recovery of approx. 52.245 kg Tramadol pills and powder and 1.08 kg of substance suspected to be opium.


Tramadol is an opioid analgesic of the same family of drugs as medications like oxycodone and hydrocodone, considering its misuse for addiction purpose Government has declared it as Psychotropic Substance in April, 2018.


Huge quantity of packing and labelling materials has also been seized. The machinery used in the manufacture of the said pills has also been seized under the provisions of NDPS Act, 1985. Parallel raid was conducted at Sh. Balaji Ayurvedic Store, Janta Bhawan Road, Sirsa (Haryana), which was being used as forefront for diversion of manufactured Tramadol pills in disguise of Ayurvedic Medicines. The search of the said store resulted into recovery of pills containing 1.420 kg of Medicinal Opium and pills suspected to be containing 0.495 kg of Tramadol. The case under section 8/18, 21, 22, 25, 28 and 29 of the NDPS Act, 1985 has been registered and two persons are arrested. Further investigation is under progress.


Narcotics Commissioner Shri Rajesh Fattesing Dhabre reiterated that crack down operation shall be intensified further.


During this year, till date, Central Bureau of Narcotics has booked 7 cases and has seized 25.130 kgs Opium, 1.420 kg Medicinal Opium, 1738 kg Poppy Straw, 290 gram Heroin, 52.740 kg Tramadol, whereas during the year 2021 CBN has seized 62.550 kg Opium, 17557 kg black poppy seed, 9.830 kg Heroin, 29,454 kg Poppy Straw, 698.250 kg Ganja, 37,800 sq. Meters of illicit opium cultivation, 24,050 kg Acetic Anhydride, 13.390 kg MD powder and 3,29,642 Injection/Tablets of Psychotropic Substances.


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Canada – Competition Bureau preserves competition in sale of crop inputs in Lipton, Saskatchewan

The Competition Bureau has approved ProSoils Inc. as the buyer of Blair’s Family of Companies’ retail crop input facility in Lipton, Saskatchewan. This transaction closed on January 28, 2022. In July 2021, the Bureau, Blair’s and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) reached an agreement that required the companies to sell the Blair’s Lipton facility, as well as two nearby anhydrous ammonia facilities, to resolve competition issues related to their proposed joint venture.

January 28, 2022 – GATINEAU, QC – Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau has approved ProSoils Inc. as the buyer of Blair’s Family of Companies’ retail crop input facility in Lipton, Saskatchewan. This transaction closed on January 28, 2022. In July 2021, the Bureau, Blair’s and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) reached an agreement that required the companies to sell the Blair’s Lipton facility, as well as two nearby anhydrous ammonia facilities, to resolve competition issues related to their proposed joint venture.

The Bureau concluded that the proposed joint venture would likely substantially lessen competition in the retailing of crop inputs (such as fertilizer, crop protection products and seeds). As a result, local growers were likely to face  higher prices and lower service quality.

Selling the Lipton facility eliminates the competitive harm likely to result from the proposed transaction.

The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency that protects and promotes competition for the benefit of Canadian consumers and businesses. Competition drives lower prices and innovation while fueling economic growth.

Canada – Competition Bureau reaches agreement with MacEwen Petroleum in acquisition of Quickie convenience stores

GATINEAU, QC – Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau announced today that it has reached an agreement with MacEwen Petroleum Inc. and its affiliate, Grant Castle Corp., related to their proposed acquisition of 51 Quickie convenience stores, 22 of which include gas stations, in Ontario and Québec. The Bureau concluded that the proposed transaction would likely substantially lessen competition in the supply of gasoline to retail customers in Kemptville, Ontario.

To resolve the Bureau’s concerns, MacEwen Petroleum agreed to sell the Quickie gas station in Kemptville. This divestiture will be made to a single purchaser and will only proceed with the prior approval of the Commissioner of Competition. The Commissioner is satisfied that this agreement addresses the competitive issues arising from the proposed transaction.

The signature of this Consent Agreement marks the end to the Bureau’s review of the transaction between MacEwen Petroleum and Quickie Convenience Stores. A copy of the consent agreement will be available on the website of the Competition Tribunal shortly.

The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.