Consumer clubs in schools are gearing up to conduct awareness programmes on consumer rights and waste disposal.
An action plan in this regard was discussed at a meeting here on Wednesday to review the functioning of consumer clubs in schools affiliated to the Thrissur Corporation’s Consumer Organisation.
The clubs will also take the lead in holding classes on the rights to healthy environment, education and redressal. “The clubs may seek the services of experts in different fields to hold awareness classes,” said Sankara Pillai, convener of school consumer clubs.
A class on Consumer Protection Act of 1986 was held following the review meeting. R. Vijayarajan, a member of the Consumers’ Association, led the class. Several programmes to train teachers were also being conducted, said Mr. Pillai. A district-level test for members of school consumer clubs was also held.
In all, 62 students from different schools took part in the test. Students and teachers from 26 schools in the district took part in the programmes.
The school consumer clubs, formed at the initiative of the Union Department of Consumer Affairs, aim to extend non-formal pro-active consumer education to children.
The objectives of the consumer clubs scheme being implemented by the State government include mobilising youth by instilling in them a spirit of protection of consumer rights and strengthening the consumer movement.
Every member will be encouraged to bring to the notice of the club at least a consumer complaint a week and they will be rewarded for the initiative.
A committee will scrutinise the complaints and forward them to authorities concerned.
The clubs will also organise consumer melas. Members of the clubs are asked to furnish information relating to household purchases. The students are made to write the names and net weight of the products, prices, names of the producers and shops. They should note whether receipts have been obtained for purchases.
Schools are encouraged to conduct simple tests to detect adulteration. The clubs feel that children should learn at a very young age about the need for consumer awareness so that people are protected from scams, devious business practices and fraud.