According to the Consumer Protection Act 1986, the consumer right is referred to as ‘right to be protected against marketing of goods and services which are hazardous to life and property’.It is applicable to specific areas like healthcare, pharmaceuticals.
The right to information is defined as ‘the right to be informed about the quality, quantity, potency, purity, standard and price of goods or services, as the case may be so as to protect the consumer against unfair trade practices’ in the Consumer Protection Act of 1986.
Consumerism is a social as well as economic order which encourages the buying of goods and services in ever-greater amounts. This term is sometimes associated with critics of consumption beginning with Thorstein Veblen. Veblen's topic of examination.
Right to be Heard
As stated in the Consumer Protection Act 1986, ‘the right to be heard and to be assured that consumer's interests will receive due consideration at appropriate forums’ is the definition of the right to be heard. This right helps to empower the consumers of India for putting forward their complaints and concerns fearlessly and raising their voice against products or even companies and ensure that their issues are taken into consideration as well as handled expeditiously. However, till date the Indian Government has not formed even one outlet for hearing the consumers or their issues to be sorted out.
There are a number of websites striving to do this. The major objective of Consumer is to ensure that their voices are heard by the corporate world. There is a website, Consumerdaddy.com, where consumers can upload their criticisms as well as file complaints. Every criticism filed gradually lessens the overall score of the product which is being criticized therefore each complaint is independently checked by an investigator who belonged to Consumerdaddy.com website. This website provides the consumers the benefit of doubt always, so their voice is considered over that of the company. It is believed at consumerdaddy.com, that consumer is always right, and that he is the king. In case a consumer makes an allegation regarding the product, the onus goes to the dealer, orsupplying company or manufacturer to disprove that allegation is not true.To be precise, the consumer is heard, and the load of proof goes to the company. Various attempts are made by the government for empowering the citizens with this right, and it is believed that about 10-15 years more are required for the accomplishment of this goal.