WORLD CONSUMER RIGHTS DAY
Every year, 15 March is celebrated as World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD)
WHY MARCH 15 – It marks the date in 1962 President John F Kennedy first outlined the definition of Consumer Rights
- Opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and protected,
- Protesting the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them.
2022 THEME: Fair Digital Finance
- First observed on 15 March 1983
- Consumers International (CI), which was founded in 1960 organises WCRD
- Consumer Rights Day — India December 24th. On this day the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the President.
CONSUMER RIGHTS IN INDIA
- Right to Safety- Before buying, a consumer can insist on the quality and guarantee of the goods. They should ideally purchase a certified product like ISI or AGMARK.
- Right to Choose- Consumer should have the right to choose from a variety of goods and in a competitive price
- Right to be informed- The buyers should be informed with all the necessary details of the product, make her/him act wise, and change the buying decision.
- Right to Consumer Education- Consumer should be aware of his/her rights and avoid exploitation. Ignorance can cost them more.
- Right to be heard- This means the consumer will get due attention to express their grievances at a suitable forum.
- Right to seek compensation- The defines that the consumer has the right to seek redress against unfair and cruel practices or exploitation of the consumer.
- Responsibility to be aware – A consumer has to be mindful of the safety and quality of products and services before purchasing.
- Responsibility to think independently– Consumer should be well concerned about what they want and need and therefore make independent choices.
- Responsibility to speak out- Buyer should be fearless to speak out their grievances and tell traders what they exactly want
- Responsibility to complain- It’s consumer responsibility to express and file a complaint about their dissatisfaction with goods or services in a sincere and fair manner.
- Responsibility to be an Ethical Consumer- They should be fair and not engage themselves with any deceptive practice.