June 24, 2006, New Delhi, Press Release

To give a shape to the policies and programme of work for consumer protection under the Eleventh Five Year Plan, the Planning Commission has appointed Pradeep Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International, a member of the newly formed Working Group on Consumer Protection.

According to the communication received from the Planning Commission, the Working Group, headed by the Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs will recommend comprehensive set of policies, programme and action plan to launch a strong paradigm for consumer protection covering inter alia consumer rights to awareness, education and redressal of grievances and quality infrastructure and standardization.

The Working Group will also make an assessment of the resource requirements and manner of financing including PPP models in the Eleventh Plan and will suggest ways and means to enhance responsiveness of private sector to the consumers.

Pradeep Mehta has also been appointed a member of the Working Group on Competition Policy formed by the Planning Commission to recommend a set of comprehensive policy instruments and strategic interventions to effectively generate a culture of competition to enhance competition in the domestic market with the involvement of all stakeholders.

“The effort of the government to involve various stakeholders in the formulation of policies for the Eleventh Five Year Plan is indeed laudable and will help in bringing to the table implementable programmes of work. It will also provide an opportunity to iron out glitches which any stakeholder is likely to face while executing the programme. Above all involvement of civil society organizations like CUTS International in such discussions ensures that the interest of consumer is taken into consideration while formulating the policies,” Pradeep Mehta said.

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