Sharmila for tabling consumer protection bill

KARACHI: Speaking at a seminar on consumer protection organized by The Helpline Trust, Sindh PPP MPA Sharmila Faruqui said that like the other provinces of Pakistan, Sindh too should have a consumer protection law and functioning consumer courts, and she would move a bill in the Assembly when it convenes after Eid.

Earlier, Hamid Maker, Chairman of the Helpline Trust, apprised the MPA and audience that the Consumer Protection Ordinance has been passed first in 2004, and thrice subsequently, but each time it lapsed because it was not presented in the Assembly for ratification.

Justice Majida Rizvi, Trustee of the Helpline Trust commended the resolve of the MPA to table the bill, and suggested that the draft of the bill should be circulated among consumer bodies and civil society organizations to get a multi stakeholder input. She also urged upon the consumers to play an active role as watchdogs over their interests.

The panel comprising members of the Bureau of Price and Control, Representatives of the City Government, and the Karachi Commissioners’ office also took part in the discussion on pricing at the Bachat bazaars in the city. They informed the audience, which comprised of consumers, retailers, s well as members of the media about the mechanism of fixing prices and monitoring.

Sharmila Faruqui advised the complainant within the audience to set up a meeting with the concerned officials to resolve the outstanding issues, and commended Helpline Trust on showing dedication and commitment to the cause of Consumer Protection.

Others who spoke at the seminar were Sajjad Ahmed Abro, Assistant Commissioner, Saddar District, Karachi, Eng Khalid Ali Hashmi, District Officer Projects & Investment, CDGK, Ali Asghar Jakhro, Deputy Director, Bureau of Supply & Prices, Mr. Rehan Muhammad Khan, Assistant Controller, Bureau of Supply & Prices and Rafat Ali, Chairman, Karachi Bachat Bazaar.