Among people residing in rural areas: Collector
TIRUCHI: The district administration has taken steps to create awareness among people residing in the rural areas about consumer rights and consumer protection act, Collector T. Soundiah said on Tuesday.
It is essential for the general public to know about consumer rights and acts governing it and remain vigilant due to the prevalence of unfair trade practices, he said speaking at the National Consumer Day function organised by the Consumer Club of the National College here.
Stating that awareness about consumer rights should begin from the grass root level, he said that was the reason behind the formation of consumer clubs in educational institutions.
In Tiruchi district consumer clubs had been started in 35 schools and six colleges till now to enlighten the student community about consumer rights and various other aspects connected with it, Mr. Soundiah said adding that the government had been sanctioning funds for starting such clubs in educational institutions.
The district administration had been creating awareness about consumer rights and consumer protection acts to the women self help group members and government officials by organising separate programmes for them.
Thanks to the concept of the self help groups, several women in the rural areas had become more conscious today, he said.
The Principal, National College, Tiruchi K. Anbarasu, S. Martin, secretary, FEDCOT, Tiruchi, S. Sakunthala Srinivasan, president, Tiruchi Payaneetaalar Iyakkam, M. Sekaran, secretary, Tamil Nadu Consumer Federation and representatives of other consumer organisations participated in the function.
Earlier, the Collector released a booklet containing information about consumer rights.