KARNATAKA

Consumers urged to fight against injustice

BELLARY, MARCH 17. The former District Judge and president of District Consumer Forum, R. Ganesh Rao, has called upon consumers to take advantage of the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act and fight against injustice.

He was speaking after inaugurating a function to observe World Consumer's Day and the 20th anniversary of the Bellary Nagarika Vedike at the Rock Garden Auditorium here on Tuesday.

Mr. Rao said that every day, consumers are being cheated by being supplied spurious seeds and medicines, pollution, supply of contaminated drinking water, use of improper weights and measures. Despite the existence of the Consumer Protection Act, there is very little help for those affected by these illegal practices. He was of the view that consumers should make use of the provisions of the Act and seek the help of the Consumer's Forum and the Citizens' Forum to get their problems solved.

Cases won

The President of the Bellary District Consumer's Forum, A.A. Hulgeri, was the chief guest of the function. He pointed out that those who have approached the forum have succeeded in winning several cases and urged other consumers to file cases against those who have cheated them.

M.S.R. Rao, a senior consumer activist and secretary of the Citizens' Forum, explained that cases have been filed against various offices and companies, on behalf of consumers, and the forum has succeeded in getting justice for them. He was felicitated on the occasion in recognition of his service to consumers.

B. Sundaresh Reddy, member of the executive committee, read out a report on the activities of the forum.

Pola Venkaiah Shetty, a leading hotelier, and Pola Radhakrishna of Hotel Pola Paradise were present.

Chandrashekar Choudhary, president of the forum, welcomed. K. Jagadish proposed vote of thanks.

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