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Lok Sabha's Green Signal To Consumer Bill, Allows Recall For Faulty Products

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| December 21 , 2018 , 12:09 IST

After forbidding the Commercial Surrogacy, Lok Sabha passed the Consumer Protection Bill on Thursday.

The bill has provision to provide recall of faulty products, allow buyers to seek compensation for defective items or deficiency in services and even prescribe penalties for manufacturing or selling adulterated items.

This bill will also enable consumers to file complaints with the consumer commissions at the place of residence or work and not from where he purchased the product or availed a service, unlike the present norm.

The proposed law, which is being revamped after a gap of 32 years, has provisions for imposing fines on celebrities for endorsing false or misleading advertisements and penalties including a jail term for manufacturers for committing the offense.

It will have the power to file "class action" complaints before the consumer disputes redressal commissions in case a large number of people are impacted.

Seeking to empower consumers and protect them from getting shortchanged by manufacturers and marketing agencies, the bill, which awaits approval of Rajya Sabha to become a law, proposed setting up of a Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) which will have the power to take strict actions against the violators.

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Earlier, the proceedings were adjourned amid sparring between members from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over the issue of the proposal to build a dam on the Cauvery River.

While members from Congress were demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka entered the well holding placards over the Cauvery issue.

TDP leaders demanded special category status for Andhra Pradesh and setting up of a steel plant in the state.

Thursday was the seventh working day of the Winter session which saw disruptions and adjournments over the Rafale jet seal, special status for Andhra Pradesh and protests over the proposed construction of a dam on the Cauvery river.