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Prime Minister Modi greets citizens on World Consumer Rights Day
On the occasion of the Consumer Rights Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, greeted people and in his message said, "Greetings on World Consumer Rights Day. The consumer plays an important role in the economy. Government of India is not only focussing on consumer protection but also consumer prosperity."

The consumer movement marks 15th March as World Consumer Rights Day every year, as a means of raising global awareness about consumer rights and needs. Celebrating the day is a chance to demand that the rights of all consumers are respected and protected, and to protest against market abuses and social injustices which undermine those rights.

In India, the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, protect the interests of consumers in India. It makes provision for the establishment of consumer councils and other authorities for the settlement of consumers' disputes and for matters connected therewith also.

According the GOI, this statute is regarded as the Magna Carta in the field of consumer protection for checking the unfair trade practices and 'defect in goods' and 'deficiencies in services' as far as India is concerned. It led to the establishment of a widespread network of consumer forums and appellate courts all over India.

The Consumer Protection Act is meant to promote and to protect the rights of the consumers to be protected against the marketing of goods and services which are hazardous to life and property; 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; right to be assured, wherever possible, access to a variety of goods and services at competitive prices ; right to be heard and to be assured that consumer's interest will receive due consideration at appropriate forums; right to seek redressal against unfair trade practices or restrictive trade practices or unscrupulous exploitation of consumers; and right to consumer education.

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