Karachi: The much awaited, Sindh Consumer Protection Act 2013, has finally been submitted to the Secretary, Sindh Assembly by Ms. Sharmila Faruqui, Member of Provincial Assembly Sindh.
The Bill will now be sent to the concerned departments for vetting, after which it will be introduced in the Sindh Assembly for ratification in the next session.
For the record, every Province in Pakistan has a Consumer Protection Law, except Sindh, says a release of Helpline Trust.
A draft of a Consumer Protection Law was submitted to the Governor in August, 2004, at a Helpline Trust seminar in Karachi.
However, for reasons unknown, it was never presented to the Sindh Assembly for ratification and had lapsed. Since then, it has been signed fours time, but has always lapsed, for the same reason.
It is hoped that this time, this very important legislation for the consumers of Sindh will not meet the same fate, as no funds are required, and Ms. Faruqui will succeed in presenting the bill formally in the Sindh Assembly for legislation and fulfill the promise she had made to the consumers at a Helpline Trust’s seminar some months back, where she had stated that she will protect the rights of the consumers and protect them from counterfeit and substandard products.