Parliament passes Consumer Protection Bill

Parliament has passed the
Consumer Protection Bill,
2019, with the Rajya Sabha
approving it today.

The Lok Sabha has already
passed it. The bill aims at
protecting the interests of
consumers by establishing
authorities for timely and
effective administration and
settlement of consumers
dispute

The Bill has a provision to set
up a Central Consumer
Protection Authority to
promote, protect and enforce
the rights of consumers.

It will regulate matters
related to violation
of consumer rights, unfair trade
practices, and misleading
advertisements.

The authority will have the
power to impose a penalty on
manufacturer or an
endorser o up to ten lakh
rupees and imprisonment for
up to two years for a false or
misleading advertisement.

The Bill also has a provision
to set up Consumer Disputes
Redressal Commissions at
the district, state, and
national levels