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Consumer Protection, BIS amendment bills in cabinet: Ramvilas Paswan

Consumer Affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan today said the amendment bills of Consumers Protection Act and BIS Act is lying with the cabinet and will be cleared soon.

He said a Consumer Protection Authority (CPA) will be formed and will have investigative and regulatory powers for the sectors.

“The CPA will have investigative as well as powers to frame rules and will look into the matter of protecting consumer interests, while consumer courts will take care of individual grievances,” Paswan said.

CPA will inquire about proper implementation of guidelines on commodities and ensure that food and other essential items meet the required quality standards, he said.

“We have invited state and national level officials of West Bengal to meet in Delhi on May 29 to discuss about the amendments,” Paswan said.

The monetary cap for consumer courts will also be increased by five times from current level after the amendment.

Paswan said the proposed amendment will also take up the issue of misleading advertisements with stringent regulations.

BIS is formulating standards for solid waste management, street food and public supply of portable water.