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Mechanism in place for effective implementation of Consumer Protection laws: Zulfkar

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JAMMU, JAN 22: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today said the Department has put a mechanism in place for effective implementation of various provisions of Essential Commodities Act.
Responding to a Calling Attention Notice by Surinder Kumar Choudhary in the Upper House, the Minister informed that the Department has been regularly fixing prices of various Essential Commodities including Fresh Vegetables and Fruits, Confectionary/Bakery Items, Milk and Milk products, Mutton and Poultry products, various edible items available at class 2nd restaurant and tea stall, saloon etc.
He further informed that the Department has an elaborate monitoring and supervision mechanism in place wherein teams of officials headed by a TSO under the supervision of Assistant Director of the concerned District regularly ensure the implementation of the approved rates of the Department.
So far the Department of FCS&CA, LMD has inspected 93396 business establishments and 23,215 booked, besides Rs 101.33 lakh has been realized by the department.
Similarly, for the implementation of J&K Consumer Protection Act, department has taken several steps like Effective Enforcement for Dual MRP on packed items, Special drive for deceptive packs/unfair trade practices, Enforcement of ban on service charge and follow up in courts, Organization of meetings with traders organization for voluntary compliance and Comprehensive checking of prominent malls and Business establishments.
Besides, the Department is also using various platforms to educate the consumers through electronic and print media regarding the rates of essential commodities frequently.
Moreover, the Department is also disseminating the rates /scales of food grains, Sugar and Kerosene Oil provided by the Department to the consumers regularly through Print Media and Important Consumer related occasions like National Consumer Day etc. are also effectively utilized to educate masses with regard to their basic rights as a consumer and their legal implementations, he added.
The Minister also said that conscious consumer and involvement of society is essential to curb the violation of laws.
He further informed that the department has established grievance redressal mechanism in FCS&CA with dedicated toll free nos: 1967, 18001807011, 18001807106 and 18001807105.
Under End to End Computerization project, the Department has put in place an Online Grievance Redress Mechanism where complaint is redressed by the concerned in a time bound manner and the consumer is apprised of the disposal.
Moreover, the Department is effectively monitoring the cases of Hoarding and profiteering through its Enforcement Wings working in all the districts.
MLCs, Mohammad Khursheed Aalam and Naresh Kumar Gupta also raised supplementaries.


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Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.

Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.

“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.

 

He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.

“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.

The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.

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Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth

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Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain  Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.

Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.

“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.

 

He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.

The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.

Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.

 

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Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.

The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.

Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.

 

On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.

 

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