Activists submit ‘consumer manifesto’ to political parties

Consumer protection activists from different parts of Karnataka have brought out a ‘Consumer Manifesto’, demanding the strengthening of the consumer protection policy.

Members of the Voluntary Consumer Citizen Advocacy Network of Karnataka (VCAN) submitted their manifesto to the offices of all major parties, including the Congress, the BJP, the JD(S) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

“Bringing out a consumer manifesto and asking senior political leaders are more like a ‘social contract’ with the politicians for the betterment of society and its values,” said Y G Muralidharan.

“The absence of a coherent Consumer Protection Policy (CPP) has suffered under each government and although the NITI Aayog published a CPP a few years ago, this policy document is more concerned with competition and not about the protection of consumer themselves,” the manifesto notes.

It also demands to constitute state-or district-wise Consumer Protection Councils and to effectively implement the Karnataka Guarantee of Public Services Act (Sakala) which guarantees government services and is hailed as one of the best legislation.

“Sakala has lost its importance over the past five years and people are losing faith, despite it being a good move by the government,” said Muralidharan. He said it was important to have a certain direction among consumer forums in the state. About 27 consumer right activists across the state have participated in bringing out this manifesto. 

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