Counterfeiting of Products is a Big Industry in India, Says Bengal Minister

Duplication of items have turned into a “major industry” in India that is affecting the purchasers and in addition, the income earned by the legislatures, a senior West Bengal serve said recently, encouraging the police and state organizations to be more careful to control such practices.

“Counterfeiting has turned into a major industry. Items like tea and cigarette of all the huge brands are being duplicated. I don’t know whether the legislature of India is focusing on this issue since it is affecting the income, especially in the fragment of indirect taxes.”

Consumer Affairs Minister Sadhan Pande said at a Conference on Combating Counterfeiting and Smuggling, composed by FICCI CASCADE, “Additionally the shoppers are unwittingly utilizing terrible quality items while paying for reputed brands.” FICCI CASCADE is a Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy.

“We need to pressure more to control falsifying of items and instances of pirating. We must be more careful to stop such practices. The concerned government workplaces and police must be exceptionally strict about falsifying and smuggling,” he included.

Pande said that fake items were making its way to the retail showcase in the pretence of marked items attributable to their low costs while items like ganja, cigarettes and fake currency were being smuggled in from neighbouring nations.

“Numerous outside brands of cigarettes are found with no price tags in certain markets of Kolkata and are sold at unregulated costs. Likewise, these brands are pirated in nations like Nepal and Bhutan. We are finding a way to check these practices,” he said.

Deepankar Aron, Additional Director General of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence’s Kolkata zonal unit, who was likewise present at the session, said his organization has seized fake and pirated items worth Rs 350 crore besides gold and medications in the last FY.

“Seizure of tobacco items worth Rs 110 crore has been made. Additionally, 110 kgs of gold worth Rs 430 crore have been seized over the most recent multi-year,” he included.

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