15 March: World Consumer Rights Day
Every year 15th March is celebrated as World Consumer Rights Day to raise global awareness about consumer rights and promote consumer protection. The day is also marked to be aware about the market injustices across the world. It is an annual event that observes solidarity within the international consumer movement.
The World Consumer Rights Day was inspired by then US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
The World Consumer Rights Day was celebrated in 1983 first time.
Every year on this day several organizations like Consumer International organize events and campaigns to safeguard consumer rights.
The celebration of World Consumer Rights Day is to ensure that consumers are not subjected to market exploitation or injustice that may endanger their rights.
Consumers must be aware about their rights and how consumers can use their rights in day-to-day lives.
The theme of World Consumer Rights Day 2023 is “Empowering Consumers through Clean Energy Transitions.”
This year’s theme is aiming about raising awareness of consumer empowerment and their role to push for a faster clean energy transition.
Consumer rights in India:
The consumer protection act had been passed on December 9, 1986 in the Indian Parliament to empower the consumers.
The act permits the establishment of consumer councils, forums and appellate courts for the settlement of consumer’s grievances.
Rights given to consumer in India:
- Right is heard at an appropriate forum
- Right is eligible to be redressal in case of unfair trade practices
- Right to consumer education
- Right to get goods and services at competitive prices and reliable sources
- Right to get information about the quality, potency, purity, standard and price of goods and services
- Right against the protection about wrong marketing of goods and services which are hazardous to the life and property
Question & Answer:
Q1. On which day World Consumer Day is celebrated across the globe?
Ans. 15th March
Q2. In which year World Consumer Day was observed on 15th March?
Q3. What is the theme of World Consumer Day 2023?
Ans. Empowering Consumers through Clean Energy Transitions
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