SHC seeks details regarding efforts to promulgate consumers’ protection law

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Thursday directed provincial law officer to furnish the details of the meeting held pertaining to proposing legislation for promulgation of consumers’ protection law in the province.

Headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam, the division bench was seized with the petition filed by Rana Faizul Hassan pleading to promulgate a consumers’ protection law to protect the consumers’ rights across the province.

Petitioner in person had submitted that no legislation has been done in the province by any government in the past, causing exploitation of consumers in the urban and rural areas where they are being looted by traders. Besides, none of the provincial governments have taken any initiative to protect the rights of the consumers.

He had submitted that these laws have been promulgated in the remaining provinces where protection of the consumers is ensured.

He had stated that DCOs are also authorized to take immediate action against such retailers if found involved in selling substandard items, but such a law does not exist in Sindh.

He had prayed to court to direct the provincial government to do legislation regarding promulgation of consumers’ protection law in the province.

Earlier the Court had directed the to the law secretary of the government of Sindh to convene the meeting of the all stakeholders for proposing the legislation.

On Thursday, Miran Muhammad Shah, additional advocate general submitted that meeting as directed by the court was held.

The court ordered that he shall provide the court minutes of the meeting and further progress in matter before next date of the hearing.

The hearing was put off till the date later be fixed by office of the court.