ANDHRA PRADESH

More adulteration testing kits soon



Special Correspondent

State to cover all the 4,500 consumer clubs

Clubs to conduct weekly checks on all food itemsChemical content of kits to be refilled on expiry

HYDERABAD : Civil Supplies Commissioner Bhanwarlal has said that 1,000 more adulteration testing kits would be supplied soon to as many consumer clubs in the State. At present 1,000 clubs have been given these kits.

Orders have been placed with a Chennai-based NGO, Concert, for supply of these kits on `no profit, no loss' basis, he said. These would be supplied to the consumer clubs run in schools and colleges of the State. The Government would gradually cover all the 4,500 clubs in the State. These clubs were supposed to take up checks on a weekly basis of common food items like edible oils and spices where there was scope for adulteration.

The Commissioner told a meeting organised by Civil Supplies Department to mark the National Consumer Day celebrations here on Sunday that the District Consumer Information Centres were asked to refill the chemical content of the kits if it got exhausted or expired.

Exclusive books

Mr. Bhanwarlal said seven books exclusively prepared for the clubs would be distributed shortly. The teacher-guides of the clubs would be trained in the usage of the kits and all other consumer protection activities from the first week of January. The district consumer fora were requested to take up cases filed by the clubs on a priority basis, he added.

Consumer movement

Justice I. Venkatanarayana, president, Andhra Pradesh State Consumer Disputes Redressal Council, called for the spread of consumer movement to the nook and corner of the State. School children narrated their experiences about exploitation of gullible consumers. A girl from a school at Lalapet in the city stood out among them as she narrated how she threatened a shopkeeper.

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