Shri Ram Vilas Paswan,
Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, has
said that the government is working on mechanism to stop adulteration in
packaged water. Shri Paswan said that Department of Consumer Affairs has
requested FSSAI to prepare a low cost testing machine which can be
useful to check adulteration in various food products. It was stated by
Shri Ram Vilas Paswan while briefing the media after chairing the 31st
meeting of the Central Consumer Protection Council (CCPC) held today at
Vigyan Bhawan Annexe, in New Delhi.
Shri Paswan further stated that Department of Consumer Affairs will
launch 6 Regional Consumer Helpline in next 3 months. State Governments
have been requested to provide necessary support for establishment of
Regional Consumer Helpline. Shri Paswan also informed that the
Department will organize Consumer Awareness Yatra involving the States/UTs
and the voluntary consumer organisations from 15th August 2017 to 24th
Shri C.R. Chaudhary, the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food &
Public Distribution, the Vice-President of the Council, also addressed
the members of the Council. Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of
Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, highlighted about the
legislative changes and the activities being undertaken by the Ministry,
including a number digital initiatives, towards protection of the rights
of the consumers and asked the Members of the Council to play
significant role in taking forward the consumer movement.
The topics discussed in the meeting included the points put forth by the
Members on challenges in combating adulteration, strengthening the
enforcement machinery and testing Infrastructure, training and capacity
Building of all stakeholders, consumer advocacy, capacity building of
Panchayati Raj Institutions and other Rural Development Functionaries to
spread consumer awareness in the rural areas, setting up a Regulatory
Authority for E-Commerce and National Consumer Awareness Yatra.
Suggestions from the Members were also sought on issues like service
charges being charged by hotels and restaurants, awareness on wastage of
food, legal metrology activities such as sale at less than MRP, Jagrook
Grahak Kendra and rising awareness, issues related to food adulteration
and fake and spurious goods.
The Officers from the Central Government Regulatory Agencies including
FSSAI, BIS and officers from State Governments and representatives from
Voluntary Consumer Organisations participated in the meeting.
The Central Council emphasized that the Working Groups constituted with
its members should continue working on issues affecting the consumers
and make recommendations/suggestions for consideration of the