Reiterating the need for having information about their rights, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Information, Chowdhary Zulfkar today said an aware consumer not only protects his rights, but has potential to protect rights of entire society.
The Minister, who was the chief guest on an awareness programme organized by FCS&CA Department to observe “State Consumer Day”, said that the department observes three consumer days- World Consumer Day on March 15, National Consumer Day on December 24, and State Consumer Day on August 29, only to make the consumers aware of their rights and entitlements.
Addressing a huge gathering in an Information department’s auditorium, the Minister attributed consumer as the “king” and a “central figure” around whom the entire economy runs.
Highlighting the importance of consumers, the Minister said from manufacturers to service providers, everyone builds their business model keeping the interests of consumers in mind. It means the real power rests with a consumer who can make a strong society and help in building and driving a strong economy provided he is aware of his rights.
The Minister informed that the Government is fully committed for empowering its consumers. He said the present Government reconstituted the state level body “Jammu and Kashmir State Consumer Protection Council (SCPC)” and established “District Consumer Forms” in 14 districts of the State to address the issues of consumers.