District Collectors should take regular meetings of the District Consumer Protection Council : Nilangekar

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Mumbai, 24.July.19: “Attempts are being made at the state and district level to prevent the public from betraying, make them aware of the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, as well as the consumer movement. Therefore, the District Collector should regularly hold meetings of District Consumer Protection Council under his chairmanship” said Minister for Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Minister Sambhaji Patil – Nilangekar.

He was speaking in a meeting of the State Consumer Protection Council which was held at Sahyadri Guesthouse on today.

Mr. Patil- Nilangeker further said, the state government is committed for the protection of the consumers. The Consumer Protection Act has come into force to stop the exploitation of ordinary people. Therefore, regular meetings should be held on this topic. General awareness should be raised about this law. District Consumer Protection Council has been set up in each district to take the path of discussion of administrative officers and consumer representatives. The members of this council must shoulder their responsibilities properly.

“To know how the District Consumer Protection Council works in other states, the members of this council and the officials of the division should organized the study tour to other states to know the exact situation in other states in this concern. The meeting will be held in next month and emphasis will be given to the action taken by the council as well as the structural reforms needed in the coming days” stated Patil-Nilangeker at this time.

Various issues were discussed in the meeting including the status of non-official member appointment of State / District Consumer Protection Council, measures available for customer awareness, online grievance redressal provision to the Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum, available for District Consumer Grievance Redressal.

Arun Deshpande, President of the State Consumer Protection Council, Mahesh Pathak, Chief Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, and members of the District Consumer Protection Council were present in the meeting.