Central Consumer Protection Council (CCPC), the apex body in the area of consumer protection will meet here tomorrow to review consumer protection measures and activities in the country. The meeting to be chaired by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution will be attended by ministers incharge of consumer affairs from the States (two each from five regions in the country), Members of Parliament, Administrators of Union Territories , representatives of Central Government, consumer organizations and consumer activists.
In its day-long meeting, the CCPC will discuss following –
- Consumer right to be protected against the marketing of goods and services which are hazardous to life and property;
- The right to be informed about the quality, quantity, potency, purity, standard and price of goods or services, as the case may be so as to protect the consumer against unfair trade practices;
- The right to be assured, wherever possible, access to a variety of goods and services at competitive prices;
- The right to be heard and to be assured that consumer’s interests will receive due consideration at appropriate Fora;
- The right to seek redressal against unfair trade practices or restrictive trade practices or unscrupulous exploitation of consumers; and
- The right to consumer education.
The Consumer Protection Act enumerates for formulation of Consumer Protection Councils at the Central, State and District Levels with an objective to protect the rights and interests of the consumers. The Consumer Protection Councils guide the establishment in framing the rules and regulations for better protection of consumers.