Consumer Act covers banks, gold shops also, says official

Staff Reporter

Consumer information centres to be set up in all districts

Civic Supplies Commissioner addresses Consumer’s Day celebrations

New building for local consumer forum

Rajahmundry: Commissioner for Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Secretary to the Government G.N. Rao has said that all banks will be covered under the Consumer Act along with gold, meat, ice cream and vegetables. He said consumers should be enlightened on approaching consumer societies for quality products, price and other aspects of commodities. District consumer information centres would be established in each district, he said.

Mr. Rao addressed World Consumer’s Day celebrations arranged by local consumer forum `Parishkruti’. The meeting was presided over by Joint Collector GSRK Vijayakumar.

The Commissioner aid that if they received any complaints on banks, they would not hesitate to act against them within the framework of the Act and in accordance with RBI guidelines. He said that the AP Consumer’s Society stood first at national level in solving most of the complaints received by it. With a view to spreading awareness about the activities of Consumer Forums in society, they would publish pamphlets and distribute them in all 26 Consumer Centre areas in the state. Land also would be allotted for constructing a new building for `Parishkruthi’.

Joint Collector Vijayakumar said instead of arguing cheated consumers could tell businessmen that as a lost resort they would approach consumer forum.

Parishkruti president YL Narasimharao, TVK Ramesh, G. Ramanaiah, VJ Ramadevi and others said the Government should ensure that every shop maintained electronic weighing machine and consumer forums were given identity cards, among other demands. Civil Supplies DM Rajiv Sarma, DSO T. Suryaprakash Rao and others participated in the meeting.

Srikakulam: The need to demand bill for every purchase made was stressed by speakers at the week-long Consumers Day celebrations held at the Bapuji Kala Mandir here on Monday.

This would ensure thatthere was no hanky-panky, they added. Joint Collector G.Kishna formally inaugurated the celebrations. President of the District Consumers Forum Bagadi Ramamohana Rao said there were 156 consumer fora in the district. Senior Civil Judge, Seshagiri Rao said that bill was required for getting justice at any forum.

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