JAMMU: J&K Consumer Protection Act, 1987 is a vital law to protect the rights of the consumers, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Chowdary Zulfkar Ali said on Sunday and called for active partaking of all stakeholders for its effective implementation.
He said this while inaugurating workshop on “Speedy Redressal System” under J&K Consumer Protection Act 1987 at IIPA Jammu.
The workshop organised by Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs was attended by President State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (SCDRC), Former Justice, Sunil Hali, Commissioner Secretary FCS&CA, M D Khan, Director FCS&CA, R A Inqlabi, Director FCS&CA Nisar Wani, Members SCDRC, Controller LMD, R K Katoch, President District Consumer forum, Khaleel Chowdary, members District Consumer Forum besides prominent citizens were also present on the occasion, an official handout read. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said, “We are trying to provide maximum in minimum time and various measures are being taken to further strengthen the State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission making it more effective to redress the consumer grievances.”
He also said that State Consumer Commission was functional at pace besides 18 district forums had been constituted to further strengthen justice delivery and more steps were being carried out to further reinforce these forums.
To provide speedy redressal to the public, the minister said “in new draft legislation amendments have been incorporated to make J&K Consumer Rights Act more strong and vibrant to deliver justice to the consumers”. “To further strengthen the department, we are going to enhance the powers of State Consumer Commission and have decided to open two more benches of State Consumer Commission one at Ladakh and the other at Rajouri, respectively, which will be established soon,” he noted.
“We will start publishing Consumer Newsletter soon to highlight cases and directions have been passed to the concerned to constitute an editorial board soon in this regard,” he informed. The minister also directed the concerned officers to “dispose of pending cases of victims of 2014 floods on priority”.
He commended the job of the commission and asked them to “ensure speedy redressal of the public grievances”. He also said that more such programs needed to be conducted to make public aware of their rights and about the working of the commission.
President SCDRC Sunil Hali, Director R A Inqlabi, D K Member SCDRC, others also spoke on the occasion and stressed on proper implementation of the Act, the handout added.