Weighing of LPG cylinders a must

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Did you know that it is mandatory for your LPG delivery boy to weigh the new gas cylinder in front of you, if you insist? Well, this was one of the several issues that an exhibition on consumers' rights held in Bangalore on Tuesday tried to create awareness on.

Organised on the occasion of the World Consumers' Rights' Day by various government agencies, the exhibition tried to draw the consumers' attention to their rights as well as the norms to be followed by the manufacturers and various service providers.

However, it was the issues related to supply of gas cylinders that attracted consumers' attention the most. HP Gas authorities said that they had given weighing machines to their delivery boys to weigh the cylinders if consumers insisted on it.

The officials of the Legal Metrology Department tried to create awareness about the norms related to maximum retail price (MRP) and urged the consumers not to pay more than the MRP.

For complaints, consumers can call Ph: 080-22207750, they said.

Delivering a lecture on the Consumer Protection Act, Rekha V. Ganachari, an expert in consumer rights issues, cautioned people against going by what advertisements on free gifts say.

Earlier, inaugurating the programme, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Govind Karjol expressed concern over the dwindling participation by people in the consumer awareness programmes.

Major and Medium Industries Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu asked the officials to take action against rich people who have managed to get below poverty line ration cards.