Consumer Protection Bill
likely in Parliament's winter session
Times of India,
October 27, 2017
New Delhi, Oct 27 () Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today said
the new Consumer Protection Bill is likely to come up for
passage in the winter session of Parliament.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said a new consumer
protection law was on the anvil that would crack down on
misleading advertisements and provide time-bound redressal of
"The Consumer Protection Bill has been sent to the Cabinet for
approval," he told reporters here.
Asked whether the Bill will come up for passage in the next
session, Paswan said: "I hope so."
Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs C R Chaudhary
said the efforts will be made to bring the Bill in the winter
The government's proposed new law will replace the Consumer
Protection Act of 1986 by incorporating the amended 2015 UN
guidelines on consumer protection.
Paswan said a Central Consumer Protection Authority will be set
up for quick remedial action.
"The Bill has provisions for misleading ads and e- commerce
trade," he added.
Briefing the media about the outcome of the first global
consumer protection conference on 'Empowering consumers in new
markets' for the South, South East and East Asian Countries held
on October 26-27, Paswan said the conference was attended by
1,600 participants, including delegates from 19 countries.
A resolution, Chaudhary said, has been adopted at the
conference, but the same is not binding on any country.
According to an official statement, it was agreed that
implementation of the UN guidelines for consumer protection is a
priority for governments and stakeholders to ensure more
effective and better-coordinated protection efforts in all
countries and across all areas of commerce.
"The protection of consumers' rights in the digital context is
important for a sustainable and inclusive development of
e-commerce, which also needs to address cross- border
cooperation and enforcement," the statement said.
It was resolved that consumer protection is essential for
well-functioning financial markets, and efforts should be
devoted to achieving financial consumer literacy and inclusion.
"Consumer education is paramount to maximise consumer
empowerment, needing new and innovative ways to reach and
enhance consumers' knowledge of their rights and obligations in
the marketplace," the statement said.
The needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged consumers must be
attended to in all sectors of commerce and across all areas of
consumer protection, including legislation, enforcement action
and redressal systems in accordance with their particular needs
With increasing globalisation and the world changing into a
single market, it was resolved to learn from each other's
experiences and reach a common understanding.
"The possibility of building a Regional Coalition for consumer
protection needs to be explored," the statement said.
Keeping in view of future challenges, it was agreed that to
explore the option of preparing a road map with a clear vision
for moving forward and institutionalising regional co-
"Towards meeting these objectives, it was decided that regional
consumer protection conferences on a biannual basis will be
considered, in consultation with countries in the region,
regarding the structure and organisational details," the
statement said. MJH ARD
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