A seminar cum public rally on consumer protection under the theme ‘Consumer are to be protected’ was conducted on April 10 at Phek Town, jointly organized by Phek District Voluntary Consumer Organization (PDVCO), Nagaland Voluntary Consumer Organization (NVCO) and SIRD, Kohima. The occasion was graced by DC Phek, Mikha Lomi as chief guest and NVCO president & advocate Kezhokhoto Savi as speaker.
Addressing the programme, DC Phek urged all consumers to be sensitive and to insist on MRP and cash memos while being aware of consumer rights. He stated that the administration was ready to deliver justice if consumers brought their grievances before the administration.
Kezhokhoto Savi emphasized on knowing one’s basic rights and explained various orders issued by the state and central government in connection with MRP and illegal tax collection at various check posts in the state. He also urged consumers to check manufacture and expiry dates as well.Short speeches were delivered by Phek Area Mothers Association president, Inspector legal metrology and consumer protection, Phek.
During discussion hour, the house decided that all packaged goods would be sold by MRP including medicines which were sold by 5% above MRP till date. The house also urged district administration to look into public distribution system (PDS). With regard to ‘loose commodities’, the house urged business community to abide by the price fixed by the administration while Phek town Council and PDVCO president were urged to look into BSNL Top-Up and recharge cards, which were reportedly being sold above MRP. The president assured to pursue the matter with BSNL authority.
It further resolved to cooperate with PDVCO and district administration for the welfare and upliftment of consumers’ rights.
Members also distributed the 2nd edition of NVCO booklet to business community as part of the state wide consumer education. Businessmen were urged to adhere to MRP and price fixed by the administration in order to have a congenial atmosphere in the district. Meanwhile, PDVCO has expressed gratitude to SIRD Kohima director, Limasenla Jamir for sponsoring the seminar, minister Azo Nienu for donating Rs. 5000, and the state government for Donating Rs.20,000.