KARACHI: The Consumers Eye Pakistan, Chairman Umar Ghauri, has hailed the Sindh Assembly for passing the Sindh Consumer Protection Bill, 2014 to provide protection to the rights and interests of consumers in the province of Sindh. consumers complaints.
He congratulated Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, and termed this bill a milestone. The TCEP chairman was of the view that the bill is a victory to the consumers in Sindh. He referred to the seven years long struggle of Pakistani Consumer NGOs and specially appreciated his fellows i.e. Hamid Maker founder Trustee Helpline Trust, Kaukab Iqbal Chairman Consumer Association of Pakistan, Huma Bukhari Chairperson Consumer Forum and Rasim Khan President Consumer Voice Pakistan for their long struggle for Consumer Protection Courts in Sindh or Sindh Consumer Protection Bill.
This he said while addressing conference organized by Pakistan Citizen Forum- NCF with the support of Consumer Voice Pakistan (CVP) and The Consumers Eye Pakistan-TCEP to celebrate Passing of Sindh Consumer Protection Bill by Sindh Assembly. Chairman TCEP said that in the wake of Friday’s verdict of the Sindh Assembly by passing Bill No 13/ 2014, the Sindh Consumer Protection Bill, now no one would dareto violate the consumer rights in Sindh.
He further said that the entire Sindh population was appreciative of the verdict of the Sindh Assembly. Ghauri also appreciated CM Sindh’s Special Assistant on Culture and MPA Sharmila Faruqui, who moved a private bill in 2014 that was referred to the standing committee on law, parliamentary affairs and human rights for a review and amendments.
He also hailed the committee’s chairperson, Syed Sardar Ahmed, who submitted the report after making amendments to the minister for parliamentary affairs, Dr Sikandar Mandhro, who moved the bill during the session and the Sindh Assembly finally anonymously passed the bill.
Defining Sindh Consumer Protection Bill, 2014, Ghauri said that as per bill, it was mandatory for the manufacture or trader to display the price of every good available for sale in a shop or display centre. Every trader has to issue a receipt to the purchaser showing the date of sale, descriptions of goods sold, date of manufacture and expiry, the batch number of the product, the original retail price, and the quantity, price of the goods and the address of the seller.
The law has put a bar on people who make false promises, use deceptive advertising or give misleading representation of products. According to the law, no one will be allowed to advertise or promote services through a lottery or attracting consumers with additional expenditure or rewards. As per Sindh Consumer Protection Bill, 2014, the government will establish a consumer protection council in the province.