25 August 2022, Mumbai
The Indian Government has issued a notification to ease the metrology (packaged commodities) rules for inner garments and hosiery products. It gave consumers the liberty to touch and feel the product before purchasing. However, trial of the garments will not be practical due to hygienic considerations.
The notification gives a clear definition of a ‘loose’ garment as one sold loose or open at the point of sale in such manner that the consumer can inspect the product before buying.
The Federation of Hosiery Manufacturers Association (FOHMA) has been representing to the concerned ministries for years on this issue.
It argued that garments by their very nature can be seen, touched, felt, and even tried in some products, and hence they should not be included in the ambit of a “packaged” commodity, where the consumer buys the product in a sealed condition without having the opportunity to see, examine, or test the communicated parameters.
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