Chandigarh: Noting that the Centre has taken a number of initiatives for the protection of consumers’ interests, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday said services and products in the health and food sectors would have to follow mandatory quality standards soon. “Precious metals like gold and silver would have to bear a hallmark for the larger interests of consumers,” he added.
The New Bureau of Indian Standards Act has been enacted for the purpose and the rules were being framed, said the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution while addressing the Regional Editors’ Conference organised by the Press Information Bureau (PIB). The two-day conference concluded here on Tuesday.
Paswan said his ministry was working on the new Consumer Protection Act which will have ‘more teeth.’ The minister said charging over the maximum retail price (MRP) was an ‘unfair trade practice’ and expressed hope that the new statute will check that effectively.
Regarding misleading advertisements, Paswan said effective provisions have been proposed in the new statute. “The new act will enable the people to file complaints before consumer courts online and it will ensure a time-bound admission of the same,” he said.
Referring to the Centre’s efforts to check the prices of essential commodities, especially pulses, Paswan claimed that incentives given to the farmers will increase the availability of pulses soon. He said, besides increasing the minimum support price (MSP) for pulses, government agencies were procuring the produces directly from the farmers at the market price for a buffer stock of 20 lakh MT.
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