CITIZEN CONSUMER CLUB
Citizen Consumer Club of our college was established for the purpose to spread the awareness about consumer rights amongst all consumer segments and to help consumers to get justice when affected. Citizen Consumer Club was inaugurated in the year 2013 with 85 members.
Dr. M. Sathiyaseelan M. Sc., Ph. D.,
Assistant Professor of Chemistry,
Annai College of Arts & Science,
Kovilacheri – 612503.
- To enable students understand fundamental rights of citizen and make them realize and learn the fundamental duties of a good citizen.
- To inject knowledge and skills relating to consumer rights among our college students and to impart knowledge on product standards, product quality and about markets.
- To make them aware of laws enacted for protection/welfare of consumers and enforcement authorities concerned.
- To build a base of enlightened citizen consumer as the foundation of future India.
- Bring awareness and realization about duties and responsibilities as Citizen of India.
- To spread awareness on consumer rights amongst all consumer segments of students and society.
- To emerge as the best citizen consumer club at State Level adjudicated by the Commissioner of Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection through the State Government to Government of India
- Bring awareness and realization about duties and responsibilities as Citizens of India.
- Spread awareness about the rights and responsibilities of Citizens and Consumers as provided in the Constitution of India, Consumer Protection Act and other Indian laws.
- To enable children, students and self help group together as a team with local communities and to develop in caring, responsible and honest citizens.
- Mobilize and instil right-consciousness, confidence to question violations of citizen and consumer rights and fight for justice.
- Impart knowledge about real life situations and to enable to develop the skills to handle citizen and consumer issues.
“AWARE! ALERT!! And ACT!!!”
All ways that are available to fight against consumer rights violations should be conveyed to club members and through them to the general public of the community using various tools.
This module should also have explanations on the various definitions in the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 and all other relevant terms in consumerism. Students should be able to list various remedies available to them. The trainer should illustrate this model with interesting consumer case laws.
Number of laws to protect consumer were enacted in India from the year 1930 itself. Some of the important enactments are :
- Sale of Goods Act, 1930
- Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1955
- Indian Srandard Institution (Certification Marks) Act, 1952 (ISI)
- Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1952
- Standards of weights and measures Act, 1976
- Essential Commodities Act, 1955
- The Indian Contract Act, 1976
- Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940
- Drug Control Act, 1950.
FOOD-SAFETY AND STANDARDS:
- Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954 (Will be replaced by Food Act 2008 shortly)
- Fruit Products Order, 1955
- Milk and Milk Products Order, 1992
- Meat Food Products (Control) Order, 1947
- Vegetable Oil Products (Control) Order, 1947
- Edible Oil Packaging (Regulation) Order, 1998
- Solvent Extracted Oil, De-oiled meal and Edible Flour (Control) Order, 1967.
- Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant foods (Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution) Act,1992
- Any other order issued under Essential Commodities Act, 1955 relating to food.
- Environmental Protection Act 1986
When consumer buys food products they should check labels for the following details: Ingredients, weight, name and address of manufacturer, date of manufacture-use before/best before, batch no., certification of standard such as AGMARK, FPO, ISI, whether vegetarian (green dot) or non vegetarian (red dot), instructions for use and storage etc.,