Jammu, March 21: Governor N. N. Vohra participated in the
“World Consumer Rights Day” celebration which was organized by the
Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Legal
Metrology, here today.
Governor emphasized the need for sustained attention being given to
all issues concerning consumer protection and safeguarding the
welfare of the consumer. He noted that the existing statute and the
upcoming new Central law would need to be effectively applied to
protect the rights of the consumers.
Governor observed that it is of paramount importance to increase
consumer awareness, adding that practical mechanisms would need to
be adopted for generating consciousness among the consumers about
their rights, the legal remedies and the various fora which are
available for grievance redressal.
Governor complimented Minister Zulfkar Ali and the Department of
Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Legal Metrology for
taking the required decisions for ensuring availability of essential
ration supplies across the State, especially to the poor and
deprived sections of the population. He stressed the importance of
honesty and transparency at all levels to ensure efficiency and
problem free delivery of services to the several million
beneficiaries particularly the disadvantaged and depressed sections
of the society.
Governor urged Minister Zulfkar Ali to expedite the processes put in
place to weed out ineligible beneficiaries to ensure that they
cannot avail subsidized food rations. Governor also thanked Sh.
Pande, Union Secretary Ministry of Consumer Affairs for Central
Government’s sustained support to the requirements of the State
Minister Choudhary Zulfkar Ali, in his address highlighted the
series of initiatives taken by his Department for promoting people’s
welfare and exhorted the people of the State to make full use of the
law and aggressively assert consumers rights.
Sh. Hem Kumar Pande, Union Secretary, Ministry of Consumers Affairs,
Food and Public Distribution spoke about the Consumers Rights and
appreciated proactive efforts being made by the State Government.
Sh. Chander Gulhati, Managing Director National Garage and Sh.
Vikram Gour, President Consumer Welfare Association also addressed
The Welcome Address was given by Sh. Shafiq Ahmed Raina, Secretary
of the Department while Sh. Ajay Nanda, Minister of State for
Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs presented a
formal Vote of Thanks.
Earlier a cultural programme including a play on the consumer’s
rights was presented on the occasion.