Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Consumers Hour to Be observed on December 24

The state government will observe consumer hour from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on December 24 as part of the National Consumer Day observance. The government will also, for the first time, celebrate a consumer week from December 18 to 24 as part of its efforts to spread consumer rights awareness, said food and civil supplies minister Anoop Jacob.
"Most of the citizens are even unaware of their rights as consumers observed on December 24. Senior consumers will be felicitated during the consumer hour in three ration shops in each taluk in the state. Also, there will be a lucky dip competition for the customers during the hour in the Supplyco outlets, after which the winner will be awarded a prize," the minister said.

As part of the celebrations, district-wise programmes including seminars and painting and essay competitions for schoolchildren, will be held during the week.

The minister said the consumer clubs in schools will be strengthened. "Currently, there are close to 100 clubs which are mostly concentrated in Thrissur, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram districts. We hope to expand this to over 500 schools across the state," he said. The consumer clubs will organize various programmes to increase the awareness among the schoolchildren about their rights as consumers. "Many of the clubs which are currently defunct will be revived," he added. 

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