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Posted on Nov 16, 10:08PM | UNI
A vibrant consumer movement will definitely herald in an equally vibrant business activity devoid of malpractices, which will ultimately result in energetic economic development in the country, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said today.
Inaugurating 27th Central Consumer Protection Council (CCPC) meeting here he said that the State enjoyed a vibrant consumer awareness atmosphere, especially in the rural, panchayats and remote areas, which require special attention, was ample proof of the efforts of the Government in the crucial area.
'I may also like to add that our State has developed a systematic and direct approach to educate people at village, seashore and at grass root levels,' he said.
Assuring that the state government was always on the lookout for various new projects being announced by Centre for the welfare of the consumers, he said the State woulld never be found wanting in making the utmost use of assistance, financial or otherwise, of the Central Government meant for various States.
Stating that the absence of awareness, consumers were taken for a ride in the market place insofar as products were concerned and in the fields of health and education as far as service sectors were concerned, he said adulteration, short weight measures, lack of safety and quality in appliances and equipment, unfair business practices, unreasonable pricing and misleading advertisements were the other important areas where consumers get cheated.
This was for the first time the CCPC meeting was organised outside Delhi.