New Delhi: Government on Tuesday informed the Lok Sabha that in order to safeguard consumers, it proposed to amend the Consumer Protection Act by introducing digital adjudication and establishing circuit benches at district level.
Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution KV Thomas said during Question Hour that the government proposes to amend the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 to strengthen consumer protection system and to make it more responsive to the needs of the consumers.
"Salient features of the proposed amendment are introduction of digital adjudication, deemed admission of complaint after 28 days, provision for clubbing neighbouring district forum, provision for circuit benches at district level and increase in deposit amount for filing appeal," he said.
The Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2011 has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution.
When Thomas was replying, members from JD(U) and SP raised the issue of increasing support price of paddy. TMC members joined the chorus. Members of these three parties soon trooped into the Well and shouted slogans to press their point.