‘Consumer rights awareness lacking in rural areas'

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Awareness on consumer rights and procedures to claim compensation under the Consumer Protection Act for violations is lacking in rural areas, a three-member team of Mysore Grahaka Parishat has found.

The team visited a village in Kollegal taluk in Chamarajanagar district recently.

The team was invited by the Government Composite High School, Sathegaala, to conduct an awareness programme on consumer rights and renewable energy on the school campus. The team members interacted with students on issues such as adulteration, cheating, spurious items and renewable energy.

Shrimathi Hariprasad, member-secretary, MGP, and chairperson of Centre for Science and Technology, Mysore, spoke about consumerism and rights of the girl child.

Vasanthkumar Mysoremath, member, MGP, spoke about rights of consumers and renewable energy.

Mr. Mysoremath appealed to the school authorities to set up an eco club and make students part of Vanamahotsava programmes for increasing greenery in the village.

C.V. Nagaraj of the MGP, spoke about various methods adopted by merchants and businessmen to hoodwink consumers by supplying them adulterated and low quality food articles. He gave a demonstration on how to identify adulterants in various food items.

He requested the school authorities to start a consumer club and arrange such demonstrations for residents of the village.