Nagaland to observe World Consumer Rights day

Kohima, March 13 (MExN): Along with the rest of the world, Nagaland will be observing World Consumer Rights Day on March 15, 2011 with the theme “Consumers! Discharge your responsibilities and assert your right.”
The Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organization (NVCO) along with Jalukie Valley Voluntary Consumers’ Organization (JVVCO) is observing the day at Jalukie with Kezhokhoto Savi, president NVCO as the main speaker. JVVCO was launched by NVCO just a year ago while Chumukedima Voluntary Consumers’ Organization was launched last month. The constitution for these organizations have been drafted and ready for official handing over to the organization on this special occasion whereas the constitution for CVCO is being scheduled sometime in the later part of March. NVCO president is expected to officially hand over the same in order to strengthen the consumer rights movement in Nagaland.
Further, to mark the World Consumer Rights Day, the department of Legal Metrology & Consumer Protection is conducting a workshop in the main market all over the district headquarters to create awareness and also to redress the consumer grievance on the spot.
In this connection, NVCO appealed to all the consumers/public to take advantage of this day to assert one’s consumer rights. “Lack of awareness on the subject of consumer rights is a serious concern and failure on the part of authority/government contribute non-function of the state consumer disputes redressal commission and district consumer disputes redressal Fora/Froums and even the essential commodities act, 1955 could not be implemented in an effective manner which contributes failure of determination of fair price and has miserably failed to control prices and quality of goods,” NVCO said in a release.
NVCO also cited an instance the building materials such as bricks, cement, sand, rod etc. has been raise/increase in prices more than three times in a year. The price of food and essential commodities is skyrocketing which pinches the common man to a very serious condition. The salary of government employees has been increased which provide an opportunity towards price-rise but the common people are left with no option and the danger is to build a larger gap between the have and the have not.
The NVCO booklet entitled “NVCO on state-wide consumer education” sponsored by the Government of Nagaland under the Chief Minister’s Corpus Fund has been freely distributed to all the district headquarters as part of state wide consumer educational tour.
The NVCO is having another consumer education programme with Nagaland College of Teacher Education on March 19 at Kohima. “It is the need of the day to know your rights and responsibilities for your own welfare and for the d development of a vibrant and stable economy,” said Savi in his special message on the occasion of consumer rights day.

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