Officials from the Department of Legal Metrology, Karnataka, called upon the garment sector to be more transparent in order to “protect the interests of the consumer”.

Participating in an interactive meeting organised by the South India Garment Association here on Tuesday, Deputy Controller Seetharamappa said there were six mandatory disclosures required for pre-packaged garments: name and address of the manufacturer, content, quantity, maximum retail price (MRP) which is ‘always inclusive of all taxes’, year of packaging and the address and phone number of customer care.

S.R. Venkatesh, Controller of Legal Metrology, said “We are in the transition stage” adding that strict implementation of rules was under way.

Manufacturers, dealers and retailers, while airing their suggestions during the meeting, also pointed out loopholes in the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.

Anurag Singhla, honorary secretary, South India Garment Association, mentioned that the rules did not include garments sold open and displayed on hangers in big, air-conditioned showrooms.

The officials conceded that garments sold as ‘export rejects’, which display amount in foreign currency do not come under their purview.