Wednesday, August 10, 2022

NVCO reminds govt to implement Consumer Protection Act, 2019

Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) has once again reminded the state government to immediately implement the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 and provide proper office/court room/building to run Nagaland State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission in the State.
In a representation to chief minister Neiphiu Rio, NVCO president Kezhokhoto Savi said though the State government had notified rules for implementing Consumer Protection Act, 1986, the Act had since been repealed and a new one enacted– the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.
According to Savi, consumer markets for goods and services had undergone drastic transformation since the enactment of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Therefore, he stressed that it had become inevitable to amend the Act to address the myriad and constantly emerging vulnerabilities of the consumers.
Savi disclosed that National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission president was also likely to visit Kohima in August to check whether the State Commission and the district level commissions/forums were functioning as per the Consumer Protection Act, 2019. He said it would be embarrassing for the State government as Nagaland State Consumer Disputes Commission with a retired Gauhati High Court judge as its president and others as members was functioning from a government guest house.
He also added that the status of the commission’s president was equivalent to a sitting judge of a high court and denying facilities entitled amounted to failing to honour the dignity of the commission.
Further, NVCO also urged Academic Council of Nagaland University (NU) to approve LLB course on Consumer Protection to the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 since Consumer Protection Act, 1986 was now outdated and had been repealed.
As one of the senior law teachers under NU, Savi said he was well aware of the relevant law course, noting that LLB students in the State were being compelled to study an outdated course since the past two academic years. He declared that NVCO would not tolerate the act of NU neglecting its own students.
He said the next academic year was about to begin and urged the university to think twice whether to follow the outdated study course as a Central university or simply approve the course on the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.

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