New Delhi: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali reaffirmed the state government’s resolve to safeguard consumer rights.
Representing Jammu & Kashmir State, Zulfkar was speaking at International Conference on Consumer Protection organized by Government of India in collaboration with United Nations.
The Conference, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, focused on empowering Consumers in New Markets and examined International, Regional and National “best practices” towards paving a way forward for enhancing the Consumer Protection in the changing Market scenario across the world.
The Conference was attended by Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan, C.R Chowdhary, Minister for Commerce Cambodia Government Pan Sorasak, Minister for Commerce and Industries in Afghanistan Humyoon Rasaw, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi.
Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali deliberated on the issues pertaining to Consumer Affairs in Jammu & Kashmir. He discussed the modalities for strengthening of Consumer Commission, Consumer Foras and other such issues with international repute experts on the subject.
Thanking United Nations for showing concern on Consumer affairs, Zulfkar said that UN Guidelines for Consumer Protection (UNGCP) are valuable set of principles for setting out the main characteristics of effective consumer protection legislation, enforcement institutions and redress systems and for assisting interested Member States in formulating and enforcing domestic and regional laws, rules and regulations that are suitable to their economic and social and environmental circumstances. He said that the principles were first adopted by the General Assembly in 1985 and in light of it Government enacted Consumer Protection Act, 1986 and J&K State also enacted J&K Consumer Protection Act to safeguard the interests of the consumers.
The Minister stressed on the need to respect the resolution on ‘Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices’ which was adopted at Seventh United Nations Conference held in Geneva.
Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali said that J&K will make no compromise on safeguarding Consumer Rights in and it was committed to enforce the laws in letter and spirit.