Consumer Affairs to check fee for schools, nursing homes

Consumer Affairs to check fee for schools, nursing homes
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JAMMU: The government has constituted committees to examine fee structure in private schools and nursing homes.
An official spokesman informed that the department of Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) has constituted two separate two-member committees for the issues, following directions from Minister FCS&CA Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali.
For the issues pertaining to regulation of fee structure in private schools, a two-member committee comprising Seema Khajuria Shekhar, Senior Additional Advocate General as Chairperson and Manoj Prabhakar, Magistrate / Deputy Controller, Legal Metrology Department, Jammu as Nodal Officer has been constituted.
The department has constituted another two-member  committee comprising Chander Gulati, Member Consumer Protection Council as Chairman of the Committee and Atul Gupta, Deputy Director, Department of Food, Civil Supplies  and Consumer Affairs, Jammu as Nodal Officer to examine the issue of charges in nursing homes.
Both these committees have been asked to submit the report within one month.
Expressing concern over irregularities in fee structure in private schools operating in the state and charges being imposed by nursing homes, Ali said the issue “pertains directly to the consumers and no compromise would be made in this regard”. He said several private schools were charging fees as per their choice and there was no control on the same. He said there is need to follow some criteria in fixing fees so that consumers do not get fleeced. He added that similar is the case with Private Nursing Homes and Diagnostic Laboratories who are charging hefty amount from the Consumers. He added that government will not allow this practice and they want to regulate Private School fee and charges of Private Nursing Homes for the benefit of general masses.

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