TAMIL NADU

Educate people about misleading advertisements: Minister

ON THEIR RIGHTS: A student addressing a consumer awareness seminar in Salem on Monday. Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam (second right) and Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini (right) look on. - Photo: P. Goutham

ON THEIR RIGHTS: A student addressing a consumer awareness seminar in Salem on Monday. Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam (second right) and Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini (right) look on. - Photo: P. Goutham  



Staff Reporter

`Consumer organisations should create awareness' `People should check the quantity and price of the products before buying them'

SALEM: Consumer organisations should educate people about false and misleading advertisements, said Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam here on Monday.

He was inaugurating a consumer awareness seminar and National Consumer Day celebrations organised by the Tamil Nadu Consumer Vigilance Council.

Check information

The Minister said that people should always double-check the information provided in the advertisements.

For instance, a number of textile showrooms were advertising that they were offering 50 per cent discount during festive seasons. Many of these advertisements were false and misleading, he observed. The consumer organisations should create awareness among people and make efforts to prevent the unscrupulous traders from exploiting the consumers.

Highlighting the need for making people in the rural areas aware of the consumer rights, Mr. Arumugam said that people should check the quantity and price of the products before buying them.

The Minister honoured persons who were actively involved in community welfare activities.

Earlier, he released a consumer awareness guide. Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini gave away prizes to the National Service Scheme volunteers for their community services. Council Chairman S. Selvam presided. NSS programme officers were honoured. Students spoke on consumer rights during the function.

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