Staff Reporter

Traders accused of resorting to unfair practices

Consumer clubs have already been set up in close to 50 schoolsUse of LPG cylinders in gas-run vehicles may lead to disasterAwareness campaign on Consumers Act is the need of the hour

KADAPA: Consumer rights protection clubs are being formed in all schools in Kadapa district to create awareness on consumer rights among students, Joint Collector Kanthilal Dande said on Friday.

Such clubs had already been set up in some 50 schools, he said at the valedictory session of National Consumer Week here. Consumers should unitedly safeguard their rights, he said.

Honorary president of the District Consumers Information Centre N. Thulasi Reddy lamented that traders resorting to adulteration of commodities and unfair practices were causing loss to consumers. Consumers could invoke the Consumers Protection Act 1986 to safeguard their rights, he said.

Regional Transport Officer Narasimha Reddy said use of domestic LPG cylinders in vehicles was dangerous. Use of compressed natural gas was safer, he said.

Advice to ryots

Joint Director of Agriculture M. Rajeswar exhorted farmers to purchase inputs having ISI marking and urged them to be wary of spurious seed, fertilizers and pesticides, lest they should incur heavy losses. District Consumers Forum president Muniswamy suggested propagation of the Act by conducting village-level sadassus.

Prizes given

Students who won in an elocution contest on consumer problems and the Consumers Act were given away prizes.

Zilla Parishad Deputy Chief Executive Officer Dayakar Reddy, Assistant Director of Horticulture Madhusudan Reddy, Lions Club president Lakshmi Reddy, DIET Principal R. Lokanatham, fair price shop dealers, food inspectors and students took part in the valedictory function.