KARNATAKA

Serial on consumer awareness to be telecast in State

Creating awareness: Children at a programme to mark National Consumer Rights Day in Bangalore on Wednesday. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Creating awareness: Children at a programme to mark National Consumer Rights Day in Bangalore on Wednesday. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.   | Photo Credit: TH— Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: A 100-episode serial on consumer awareness will soon be telecast on television channels in the State, Commissioner, Department of Food and Civil Supplies, Shivaram, has said.

Participating in a programme to mark National Consumer Rights Day here on Wednesday, Mr. Shivaram said the serial is part of a series of steps being taken by the authorities to create consumer awareness among people. The programme was organised by the Department of Food and Civil Supplies.

Mr. Shivaram said that 650 consumer clubs were functioning in various schools across the State. The clubs were engaged in creating awareness on consumer rights among children by holding discussions, debates and essay competitions. A proposal to establish 1,000 more such clubs was pending before the Union Government, he said. The State Government was also planning to bring out a calendar on consumer rights.

Principal Secretary, Department of Food and Civil Supplies , K.M. Shivakumar, who inaugurated the programme, observed that consumer rights did not receive due recognition before the country began treading the path of liberalisation.

Mr. Shivakumar said that the State Government had set up a toll-free control room to receive complaints on consumer grievances, the number of which is 18004259339.

President of Karnataka State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission Chandrashekaraiah, who presided over the programme, expressed satisfaction over the growing awareness of consumer rights among the people.

However, he regretted that consumer awareness was not widespread among people in rural areas. Efforts should be made to create awareness among them, he said.

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