India takes 'Grahak Devo Bhava' to Australia with Consumer Protection Project

New Delhi: A high-level delegation of the Government of India led by Raoshaheb Danve, Minister of State (MoS) for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, left for Australia on 13 December to take part in phase two of the Australia-India Collaborative Consumer Protection Project under Sydney University.

Under the funding from the Australia-India Council (AIC) established in 1992 and support from the Department of Consumer Affairs, Government of India, Sydney University has undertaken the Australia-India collaborative Consumer Protection Project.

The project will be implemented in four stages viz. workshops and round-table in New Delhi by Sydney University, followed by a high-level delegation from India to Australia.

The third stage is the secondment of one person from India to Australia to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission while the fourth stage is specialized workshops in New Delhi by Sydney University.

Danve, leader of the Government of India’s delegation to Australia said, “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it is our priority to protect all the rights of the consumers of the nation. The Consumer Protection Act, 2019, passed by Parliament, is a giant leap towards safeguarding consumers from all the unfair trade practices. While the Bill has already been passed by Parliament, the process of formulation of rules and regulations is currently underway.”

Danve added, “In this process, the Australia-India Council and the Department of Consumer Affairs have been working very closely. Our basic aim through this project is to understand international practices in this field and further strengthen the rules and regulations of the 2019 Consumer Protection Act, which will eventually make consumers of this country more empowered and self-sufficient.”

“I am sure that this collaborative effort taken by both Sydney University and the Government of India will yield excellent results which will serve the interests of the consumers. The Government under the guidance of PM Modi is committed to working on the mantra of Grahak Devo Bhava,” said Danve.


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