‘National Consumer Day’ held in Kohima

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 12/21/2020 11:20:23 AM IST

NVCO & department of LMCP held its 4th day programme of the week long “National Consumer Day” on December 21 by highlighting consumer complaints in and around the state capital. 

A press release by NVCO press & media cell stated that, various consumer grievances faced by general public on daily basis included complaint against new tax imposed on fuel and motor spirits by government of Nagaland as prices of essential and non-essential items have shot up due to hike in prices of fuel.

On shortage of weights/measurement and excessive charges on prices on several items including meat, etc, despite the rate given by Kohima Municipal Council (KMC), NVCO president, Kezhokhoto Savi interacted with a butcher in one of the colonies in Kohima town where the butcher responded that they could not make profit if they were to follow KMC rate especially pork.

It was observed that they were not maintaining minimum standard of sanitation and cleanliness as per Food Safety & Standard Act and most did not hold licence either from KMC or from department of Health & Family Welfare as per the Act.  

Collection of donation by various societies, be in town or villages continues including selling of calendar, Christmas star, etc at exorbitant rates was brought to attention. In addition there was also practice of illegal taxation on highways and check gates by government agencies, federation and various groups including highest offices and politicians deducting certain percentages on developmental projects in the name of commission, party fund, etc. 

Further, Consumer Protection Act 2019 which the state government was yet to implement and State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission which was not functional since the retirement of former president of state commission were also discussed. Other grievances included Food Commission which was yet to be set up in the state as per National Food Security Act. In the absence of this Commission, there was misappropriation in the distribution of rice. 

Corruption, backdoor appointments, and unclean conduct of state general assembly election, etc was also brought to light.


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