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.
World Consumer Rights Day
The International Consumer movement observes 15th March as the World Consumer Rights Day. It was on this day during 1962 that the then American President, John F Kennedy gave an overall structure to the consumer rights.
It is during the WCRD that the roles and the rights of the consumer are explained, insisting that these are given due respect and to fight against the wrong doings and injustice meted out to them by the market. The Word Consumer Right Day was first observed during 15th March 1983 and since then it has become a very important day in terms of gathering citizens and insisting them to lend their voice towards their rights.
CI is the primary source for organizing various initiatives and helping the media cover the consumer rights movement that are held by the various organizations that are interested in consumer welfare in most of the countries across the globe. These consumer organizations get good coverage through this media exposure.
Some of the steps taken by these consumer organizations to increase awareness about consumer rights are regular workshops, seminars, publications, press conferences, exhibitions, campaigns, theatre shows and many more. Some consumer welfare organizations also make use of the materials from CI to fight for the rights and benefits of the consumers.