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Print labels in local languages: Paswan to FMCGs 

The Times of India , Oct 10, 2018

Consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday urged the FMCG industry to voluntarily adopt labelling of their packaged products in Hindi and regional languages in the interest of buyers and for their easy understanding.

Speaking at an event organised by industry lobby group, FICCI, Paswan said, “In developed countries like China and Japan, labels are printed in their own languages. However, in India, companies continue to use only English for labelling. Labelling should also be done in Hindi and other regional languages, besides English.” While drawing the comparison with other nations, he said, “India continues to use English as if we don’t have our own language.” He clarified that the government does not want to make this mandatory, but industry can take the initiative on its own.

“In the case of water bottle, you may not be able to print all details on the label in Hindi and regional languages but at least, you can print the brand name,” the minister said while lauding a packaged water company for adopting labelling in the local language. Paswan also listed steps taken by the government to protect consumers by bringing in the new BIS law to ensure products are safe and the standards are not inferior to the global norms.

 

 

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