KARNATAKA

Consumers' rights stressed at jatha

Staff Correspondent

Gas firm officials take part

`Those ignorant of rights are likely to be exploited'People urged to make use of consumers' fora

SHIMOGA: Municipal Commissioner Jayanna flagged off a jatha of consumers and representatives of local LPG gas agencies, organised by the district administration, the Food and Civil Supplies Department, the Department of Weights and Measures and the State Information Department on the occasion of World Consumers' Day here on Thursday.

At a function that followed, Chairman of the District Consumers' Grievances Relief Forum B.S. Totad said that consumers who were ignorant of their rights were more likely to be exploited.

He said that the purpose behind observing World Consumers' Day was to create awareness among consumers about their right to get quality goods and services. He noted that people in India were less aware of their rights than those in other countries.

He said consumers should remember that they were the "lords" of the market. He urged customers to make full use of consumers' fora, which existed right from the taluk-level to the national-level, to get redressal of their grievances.

Members of the District Consumers' Grievances Relief Forum Shyamala H.R. Sastry, Chandrasekhar, B.V. Gopalakrishna and Ashok Bhat spoke on the various relief measures available to consumers.

A streetplay on "Exercise your rights and get relief" was staged. Demonstrations on adulteration of petroleum products and safety measures to be followed while using the domestic gas stoves were given by the staff of local LPG outlets.

Officials of the Agriculture Department also gave demonstrations on how to detect adulteration of the chemical fertilisers at the consumer level.

Deputy Director of the Department of Food and Civil Supplies P. Shivanna spoke.