2-Day Workshop on “Consumer Protection & Consumer Welfare” concludes at IIPA Govt...

2-Day Workshop on “Consumer Protection & Consumer Welfare” concludes at IIPA Govt keen to promote, protect consumer rights: Zulfkar

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Jammu, September 12 ,2015-CNS:-Reiterating that  the government was  keen to protect the rights of the consumers, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and Tribal Affairs Ch. Zulfikar Ali today said  that  various initiatives have been taken to protect and promote consumer sovereignty in the state.
 The Minister was speaking at the valedictory function of the two day workshop on “Consumer Protection and Consumer Welfare” organized by Indian Institute of Public Administration, J&K Regional Branch in collaboration with Centre for Consumer Studies, IIPA, New Delhi.
The Minister informed that the state government is mulling to introduce new legislation to add teeth to the laws governing protection of consumer rights. He further said that a state level consumer protection authority shall be established in the near future, while  a proposal to establish an independent directorate of consumer affairs has already been submitted.
Earlier Dr. Ashok Bhan, Patron, IIPA J&K Regional Branch in his address emphasized on focusing on capacity building programmes and said that IIPA can play a critical role in this direction.
Dr. C M Seth, Vice-Chairman, IIPA JK Regional Branch in his welcome address emphasized on the strengthening the role of enforcement agencies and shared the genesis of IIPA.
Prof. Suresh Misra presented a detailed report on the proceedings of the two day workshop and emphasized on the establishment of State Level Consumer Helpline and Grahak Suvidha Kendra.
Mr. G S Chib, Director, CAPD, Jammu was also present on the occasion.
The members present during the workshop interacted with the eminent resource persons. Er. J.B.S Johar presented the formal vote of thanks.
Dr. Komal Nagar, Joint Director (Seminars) and Dr. Anil Gupta, Joint Secretary, IIPA conducted the proceedings during the day.
Earlier during the day seven sessions related to the theme of the workshop were held. These included “Consumer Education and Awareness” by Prof Suresh Misra, “Legal Metrology Department – Expectations of Consumers” by   Manoj Parbakar, Deputy Controller, Legal Metrology Department, “Drugs Food Safety & Standards-Consumers” by  Lotika Khajuria, Dy Controller, Drugs & Food Control Organization, Jammu, “Medical Service and Consumers” by Dr Sapna Chadah, “Electricity and Consumers” by Er D S Pawar, former member J&K SERC, “Consumers & Role of Consumer Welfare Association” by Er Vikram Gour, President, CWA , “Working of Consumer Redressal Agencies” D.K. Kapoor, Member, J&K State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.
The workshop was attended by over 100 delegates from various departments including Department of CAPD, Drugs & Food Control Organization, Legal Metrology, Health, Medical Care, Power Development Department, RTIC, JMC, J&K Bank Ltd, Private Nursing Homes, Co-operate Sector, Institution of Engineers, Institute of Dental Science, and ASCOMS.