Consumer Protection Bill 2018 has city connect

Indore: Consumer Protection Bill 2018 passed by Lok Sabha on Thursday has a local connect as a city resident has played a key role in drafting it. Dinkar Sabnis, national co-organisational secretary of Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat, was national joint secretary of the organisation, which drafted the Bill in 2012 to present it before the central government. “Our organisation’s objective is to care for consumers’ interest.

We felt the need of making changes in Consumer Protection Bill 1986. A team led by our then national president Rambhau Pofli, was constituted, in which I was also a member.We as a team held wide discussions on making enormous changes in the existing law,which was quite poor in content,” Sabnis told Free Press. He said bill’s draft was submitted in book form to union consumer affairs ministry in February 2014.

“When the new government came to power, we suggested amendments in the bill to then union minister of consumer affairs Rao Saheb Danve. In 2016, union cabinet approved the draft of bill, which included most our suggestions,” Sabnis added. In October this year, his organisation’s national body demanded to present the bill in parliament and get it passed. Finally, it was listed in winter session of parliament.


Sabnis said an email was sent to Prime Minister Office on Friday to ensure passage of bill in the current session of parliament so that it can become a law.


Earlier, there was no provision of sentence for celebrities on endorsing the products with misleading advertisement. Now, fine can be imposed on them. Besides, provision of lifetime imprisonment has also been made.

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