Lok Sabha clears amended Consumer Protection Bill

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan speaks in the Lok Sabha on December 20, 2018. Photo: PTI/LSTV  

For the second consecutive day on Thursday, the Lok Sabha passed two Bills amid protests by members of the Congress, the TDP and the AIADMK.

Besides the Consumer Protection Bill, 2018, which seeks to replace the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018, was passed.

The Consumer Protection Bill will become law once it goes through the Rajya Sabha. It is meant to protect those who use new technologies such as e-commerce and online shopping. The financial jurisdiction of the District Consumers Courts has been increased: they can deal with complaints involving ₹1 crore as against the ₹20 lakh earlier. Under the clause of product liability, a manufacturer will be liable to compensation for products with defects.

The Bill was passed after a very short discussion as members of the Congress and the AIADMK intensified their slogan-shouting. While the Congress demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Rafale deal, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka members were protesting over the Cauvery issue. TDP MPs were demanding the special category status for Andhra Pradesh and a steel plant.

Determined to run the House, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was keen on taking up the Triple Talaq Bill. However, it was postponed till December 27 after Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge assured her that the Opposition would participate in the debate next week.

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