The Central Shopper Safety Authority (CCPA) has issued 24 notices for unfair commerce practices towards e-commerce corporations, knowledgeable the Ministry of Shopper Affairs, Meals and Public Distribution on Wednesday. In a written reply to a query in Lok Sabha, Union Minister of State for Shopper Affairs, Meals and Public Distribution Ashwini Kumar Choubey mentioned that other than these 24 notices, CCPA additionally issued two Security Notices to alert and make shoppers cautious towards shopping for family items like stress cookers, helmets and so forth that don’t conform to the Bureau of Indian Requirements (BIS).
Choubey knowledgeable that underneath the provisions of the Shopper Safety Act, 2019, CCPA has been established with impact from July 24, 2020 to control issues, inter alia, regarding false or deceptive commercials that are prejudicial to the pursuits of the general public and shoppers as a category.
The CCPA has notified the Tips for Prevention of Deceptive Ads and Endorsements for Deceptive Ads, 2022 on June 9, 2022. These pointers present for situations for an commercial to be non-misleading and legitimate; sure stipulations in respect of bait commercials and free declare commercials; and prohibition of surrogate commercials.
The minister additionally knowledgeable that underneath the provisions of the Shopper Safety Act, 2019, a shopper can file a shopper criticism within the Shopper Fee of applicable jurisdiction offline or on-line utilizing e-Daakhil portal. As per the revised pecuniary jurisdiction, a District Shopper Dispute Redressal Fee has jurisdiction to entertain complaints the place the worth of the products or providers paid as consideration doesn’t exceed Rs. 50 lakh.
In keeping with the Ministry, the State Shopper Dispute Redressal Fee and the Nationwide Shopper Dispute Redressal Fee have jurisdication the place such consideration is above Rs. 50 lakh and upto Rs. 2 crore and above Rs. 2 crore respectively.
The Shopper Safety (Shopper Disputes Redressal Commissions) Guidelines, 2020 notified underneath the ibid Act offers that no charges is required for registering instances within the District Shopper Disputes Redressal Commissions involving worth of products or providers paid as consideration upto Rs. 5 lakh.
Additional, Part 38(7) of the Shopper Safety Act, 2019 prescribes that each criticism shall be disposed of as expeditiously as doable and endeavour shall be made to resolve the criticism inside a interval of three months from the date of receipt of discover by an Reverse celebration the place the criticism doesn’t require evaluation or testing of commodities and inside 5 months if it requires evaluation or testing of commodities.
Division of Shopper Affairs has generated shopper consciousness underneath “JagoGrahakJago” marketing campaign amongst all of the shoppers of the nation by way of video spots and different materials on points like salient options of the Shopper Safety Act 2019, packaged commodities, weights and measures, hallmark, shopper grievance redressal mechanism by way of departmental web site, State or Union Territory governments, VCOs, TV, Radio, CSCs.
Common messages on these points are being posted on social media to harness its potential to create shopper consciousness. State/UT governments have been concerned to unfold shopper consciousness in rural and distant areas.
The Division of Shopper Affairs has lately launched “Jagriti”, a mascot for empowering shoppers and producing consciousness of their rights. Jagriti is projected as an empowered younger shopper.
With this, the Division of Shopper Affairs has additionally constituted a committee to develop a framework on checking faux and misleading opinions in e-commerce.