A parliamentary panel has asked the consumer affairs ministry to submit details of steps taken to make consumers aware about "tainted companies".
Expressing displeasure on the response of the department on this issue, the committee said though the government had earlier "noted" the issue, the reply does not indicate the steps initiated in that direction.
According to leading English daily newspaper, the department had submitted to the panel that BIS is regularly sending letters to major purchase organizations, including ministries/ departments, to promote use of BIS / ISI- marked products.
It had also stated that a National Consultation Meeting of ministers in-charge of food and consumer affairs from states was convened last July to prepare a six-month joint action plan for improving the availability and contain prices of essential commodities.
"The committee may be apprised about the steps taken by the department of consumer affairs on creating consumer awareness regarding tainted companies and the details of implementation of joint action plan decided in the National Consultation Meeting ... within one month of the presentation of this report," the panel said.
The report was presented in Parliament on March 3.