Consumer VOICE

2018

Impact of Internet on agriculture

Sukhwinder Singh is a re-born farmer from district Sangrur in Punjab – from conventional to organic farming. Born in post green revolution era which specialised in usage of fertilisers and pesticides, he had never thought of farming without using urea, the popular chemical fertiliser in the rural hinterland of Punjab and Haryana. Urea is popularly known as ray-spray in Punjab. His father and three uncles had nearly 100 acres of farm and enjoyed the surplus from green revolution and were able to send Sukhwinder and his cousins to study in good colleges and universities. Sukhwinder became the first generation university student to graduate in his family.  Read More

Shocking salt levels found in bread sold in India, reveals WASH survey

In its study, WASH surveyed over 2,000 white, wholemeal, mixed-grain and flatbreads from across 32 countries and regions including India and found that 34% of bread in the survey contained more than 1.25g of salt per portion, which is a third of the maximum daily intake of salt as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that is maximum 5gram in a day.Ashok Kanchan, the chief advisor of Food Division at Consumer Voice, during a candid talk with Zee Business's Suman Agrawal said that the FSSAI has no regulation on mentioning salt-content on the pack of bread and that is one of the reasons that these companies avoid mentioning the details on salt-content on their packets.  Read More

Pictorial warning: NGO welcomes move

CHANDIGARH: Citizens Awareness Group, a city-based NGO, has welcomed the decision of the health ministry of replacing the existing images on tobacco products and has now released a new set of 85% pictorial health warnings for mandatory display on both sides of the packets of cigarettes, bidis and chewing tobacco with effect from September 1, 2018. Ashim Sanyal at the Consumer VOICE, a voluntary group of academicians, professionals and volunteers said, "The recently released Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2016-17 by Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) has put to rest all apprehensions about the effectiveness of the warnings, since 62% of cigarette smokers and 54% of bidi smokers shared that they had thought of quitting because of the 85% pictorial warnings on the packets." "And 46% of smokeless tobacco users thought of quitting because of the warnings on smokeless tobacco products." Read More

Tobacco vendors in state to be mapped

PANAJI: In order to assist the government in curbing the sale of tobacco to children, the National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE), together with Consumer Voice, a consumer organisation based in Delhi, is beginning a survey of vendors selling tobacco and its products in the state. A team will travel across the state and will use an app to map each place where cigarettes and tobacco products are sold. Special attention will be paid to vendors found selling them in the vicinity of educational institutions. Read More

NOTE worried as more ladies in Goa are smoking

PANJIM: National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) President Dr Shekhar Salkar on Friday said they were worried about the increasing number of ladies smoking in the State, though the smoking population in the State had reduced from 50 per cent in 1984 to10 per cent in 2018. Addressing the media, Salkar said, “We are worried that number of ladies smoking is increasing a bit. This is because of our culture and tourism.”Meanwhile, Consumer VOICE chief operating officer Ashim Sanyal said, “Goa is a real good example of tobacco control achievements.”. Read More

Consumer VOICE welcomes 85 % pictorial health warnings on cigarette packets

Panaji, Apr 6 (UNI) Consumers VOICE, a voluntary action group of academicians, professionals and volunteers, on Friday welcomed the decision of the Health Ministry of replacing the existing images on tobacco products, and releasing a new set of 85 per cent pictorial health warnings for mandatory display on both sides of the packets of cigarettes, bidis, and chewing tobacco with effect from September 1, 2018. Addressing a press conference at International Centre Goa (ICG) near here, Ashim Sanyal, COO Consumer VOICE, said the Health Ministry has implemented, from April 2016. Read More

Road accident deaths on the rise

Assam is among four states in the country, which has seen an increase in road accident fatalities between 2-8 per cent during January-July 2017. Assam has recorded 2,572 road accidents fatalities in 2016-17.According to an NGO Consumer Voice, there has been a 3 per cent reduction in road accidents during the period along with a 4.75 per cent reduction in road accident fatalities across the country. Read More

Pass the Motor Vehicles Bill, Civil Society urges MPs

A coalition of road safety organizations and the victims of road accidents have urged the government to get the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill passed in the Budget session of the Parliament beginning Monday.Road safety experts have called the passage of the Bill as key to improve the dismal road safety record in India. Ashim Sanyal, chief operating officer of Consumer VOICE, said every crash leaves an indelible scar on the family and the community. Read More

Coalition of road safety orgs urges govt to pass motor vehicle bill

A coalition of road safety organisations has urged the government to get the proposed motor vehicles amendment bill passed in the upcoming session of Parliament, saying its provision will go a long way in checking accidents which claim nearly 1.5 lakh lives on roads in the country every year.Ashim Sanyal of the Consumer VOICE said every crash leaves an indelible scar on the family and the community, but that daily crashes are making society numb and reducing these was crucial, it said. Read More

Road safety bodies urge Centre to amend motor vehicles Bill

A coalition of road safety organisations has urged the government to get the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill passed in the coming session of Parliament. The Bill seeks to make key amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, considered critical to improving the dismal road safety record in the country. Ashim Sanyal, Chief Operating Office of Consumer VOICE, said that every road accident leaves an indelible scar on the family concerned as also the community, but such daily mishaps are making society numb and reducing these to just statistics. Read More

Nearly 9L people die chewing tobacco products

Tobacco products remain easily available to students

E-commerce has empowered consumers

2018

Road Safety Week observed

As internet proliferates, it will revolutionise healthcare ecosystem

Internet speed far below what service providers claim: Study

Consumer organisation seeks action over poor internet speed

Poor Internet speed may mar Digital India drive: Study

DIGITAL INDIA WITH POOR INTERNET SERVICE

Internet speed far below what service providers claim: study

Internet speed far below what service providers claim: study

Internet speed far below what service providers claim: study

Internet speed far below what service providers claim: Study

Poor Internet speed may mar Digital India drive: Study

Internet speed far below what service providers claim: Study

Internet speed far below what service providers claim: Study

Consumer organisation seeks Trai's action over poor internet speed

Consumer organisation seeks action over poor internet speed

Vehicle makers, govt agencies urged to focus on road safety

2017

Over 76,000 booked for speeding in city since July, says DCP

Speaking at a seminar on car safety organised by the Consumers’ Association of India and Consumer Voice on Thursday, North Chennai Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) D. Shanmugha Priya said starting July, the State Road Safety Council has been strictly implementing the Supreme Court Committee’s recommendations of cancelling or suspending drivers’ licences for traffic violations. The Council, chaired by the Transport Minister, includes officials from various government departments, including highways and transport and the police. Read More

Road safety will be impacted by delay lament NGOs and activists, write to Rajya Sabha Chairperson

 It has emerged that the Select Committee constituted by the Rajya Sabha to look into and resolve issues raised by the opposition in the monsoon session of the Parliament has missed the deadline set for it by the house to submit its report recommending changes to the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill 2017.The Committee, chaired by Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe (BJP) had been instructed to table its report by the first day of the winter session, without extension of time. Read More

The Bill that will change the way India drives may come up in this Winter Session

The Motor Vehicle Act (Amendment) Bill 2017, which proposes imposition of hefty penalties on auto companies found manufacturing faulty vehicles, is coming up in the Rajya Sabha in this Winter Session. The Bill also seeks statuary guidelines for cab aggregators and a 10% annual increase in penalties for traffic rule violations. Read More

Consumer VOICE welcomes NGT Order against hookah bar owners in Delhi

In an observational study conducted by Consumer VOICE, a pioneer consumer protection group working for consumer education and issues since 1983, in partnership with MART found that Hookah bars continue to be located near educational institutions in Delhi, and none of them had personnel checking the age of the customers. Warrants were issued by the National Green Tribunal against hookah bar owners in Delhi in the case of use of tobacco of any kind in any hookah and their services to the customers in the restaurants/hotels. Read More

‘Hookah bars still running near schools’

The survey found that 17% of the minors surveyed — from the age of 13 upwards — consumed hookah in these bars. The timings of visit by children and young adults in these bars coincided with school hours or immediately after. Read More

Deaths in road accidents see steepest decline ever

Asim Sanyal of Consumer Voice, a non-profit entity campaigning for the improvement in Motor Vehicles law said, "We have appealed to the law makers that if the MV Amendments Bill is further deferred, we will be putting at risk precious lives of citizens. Stronger law backed by better enforcement have reduced road deaths in other countries." Read More

Tobacco products still available around Delhi schools despite ban

Observational visit was undertaken by Consumer Voice Delhi, an organisation working on consumer issues, covered 30 schools in south and east Delhi. They found tobacco being sold in 11 schools. The non-government organisation covered both government and private schools. Read More

CAIT for early passage of Consumer Protection Bill

"In the changing market place with e-commerce and financial products having made heavy inroads, the outdated Consumer Protection Act of 1988 serves little or no purpose in protecting consumers. Blatant misleading advertisements are selling norms today. Thus the only way to protect consumers from falling prey is to introduce authoritative powers, strengthening of consumer commissions, class action suits, penalties and host of other measures as exist in the draft amendment bill," Ashim Sanyal, COO of NGO Consumer VOICE, told IANS. Read More

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