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Paswan: New Consumer Protection Bill will be introduced in the Winter session


Guwahati: The Centre today said the proposed new Consumer Protection Bill will be introduced in the coming Winter Session of Parliament for its passage to replace the existing 30-year-old law.

“We will introduce the new Bill in the next session of Parliament and it should be passed then. The Standing Committee had already passed it and submitted its recommendation,” Union Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said at a press conference here.

The government would soon prepare a cabinet note regarding the Bill, he said.

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“This will be a completely new Act and will replace the existing Consumer Protection Act, 1986. After passage by the Parliament, the new legislation will be known as Consumer Protection Act 2016,” he said.

Listing out some important features of the proposed Bill, Paswan said punitive action has been suggested against celebrities for misleading advertisements, adulteration of food items and setting up of a Consumer Protection Authority.

The Centre in August last year had introduced the Consumer Protection Bill, 2015 in the Lok Sabha to repeal the existing 30-year-old law and a Parliamentary Standing Committee submitted its report in April this year.

The minister also informed that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has procured 53,087 tonnes of paddy this year from Assam against its target of 55,000 tonnes.

“The state government has procured 9,749 tonnes against its target of 20,000 tonnes. This is the highest ever procurement in Assam,” he said.

Talking about the National Food Security Act, Paswan said 1.35 lakh tonnes of rice and 5,781 tonnes of wheat were allocated every month for 2.49 crore beneficiaries in Assam.

He also informed that FCI is currently working on to augment its storage capacity in the state to reach the capacity of 5.2 lakh tonnes.