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consumer act to get penalty power

Adv P & H High Court Chandigarh

 

New Delhi: Delay in complying with the orders of consumer courts could invite a fine of Rs 500, or 1.5 per 

cent of the amount of the penalty, as the government is planning to amend the consumer act. The 

provision is among several amendments proposed in the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2011, 

which was introduced by the government in Lok Sabha on December 16 last. This modification 

(imposition of monetary penalty) is considered essential in view of experiences gained during 

implementation of the Act and is intended to deter willful offenders, an official statement said here today. Another amendment aims at making provision for online filing of complaint. Since the consumer forums 

are being computerised it is proposed to make provision in the law to permit consumers to file complaints 

as well as pay fee online, which would make the consumer for a move towards e-governance/ time bound 

redressal, the stattement added. In accordance with  the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, consumer 

disputes redressal agencies have been set up at the 629 districts, 35 state and national levels to render 

simple, inexpensive and speedy justice to consumers. The proposed changes in the Act includes making 

provision that an order of the District Forum/State Commission/ National Commission will be enforced as 

a decree of a Civil Court. This modification is considered essential in view of the experiences gained

during implementation of the Act and is intended to deter willful offenders and also to ensure speedy and 

proper execution of the order of the consumer forums, the statement added. It also has provision for 

increasing the minimum age for appointment as member in the case of state commissions from 35 to 45 

years, and in case of national commission from 35 to 55 years, the statement said adding this is proposed 

to improve the quality of persons applying for these posts. Besides, it also proposes to increase the 

period of experience for appointment as member in the case of State Commission from 10 years to 20 

years and in the case of National Commission from 10 years to 30 years. This is proposed in order to 

improve the quality of persons applying for these posts, the statement said.


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