Pooja Goyal, Chandigarh, 23rd June, 2017: As per the directions of Deputy Commissioner-cum- Director Food and Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Legal Metrology, U.T., Chandigarh an interactive session on ‘Demand your Bill- Campaign’ was organized by the Department of Food and Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Legal Metrology, U.T., Chandigarh in Govt. Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, Chandigarh in which the Principals/ Heads of all the government schools in the city participated. Sh. Rubinderjit Singh Brar, Director School Education, Smt. Saroj Metal, Deputy District Education Officer, and other officers of the Education Department were also present during the session.

Detailed discussion was held amongst the participants on the issues of – Demand Your Bill, Maximum Retail Price (MRP), Consumer Rights and Responsibilities, and the complaints to be filed before the District Forum, State Commission & National Commission for settlement of consumer disputes. After the Q & A session, all the participants were suggested to start awareness campaign by delivering speeches in morning assembly, organizing quiz/chart making/debate competitions in all schools of U.T., Chandigarh, so that the society could be made ware through the students of the schools about ‘Demand your Bill- Campaign’.

Under the campaign, focus is on to encourage consumers to ask for/demand the bill from the seller against any purchase i.e. product/service made by them. The bill is helpful in the situation, when a consumer detects any discrepancy after the purchase of product/service; a complaint can be lodged on Consumer Helpline  No. 1800-180-2079 or Toll Free No. 1800-180-2068 for the same. As pr Consumer Protection Act, a written complaint can be lodged in District Forum and State Commission, Plot No. 5B, Madhya Marg, Sector-19, Chandigarh.

In response, as on date as many as 13 schools in U.T., Chandigarh have already started the campaign on ‘Demand your Bill’ and Consumer Awareness Programme in various ways such as Lecture and Poster making Competition, Dance-play, Painting Competition, Poster & Slogan Competition etc. and many more such programme are in pipe line of the rest of the schools.

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