Govt to bring new bill on misleading advertisements

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Ram Vilas Paswan, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister.

Ram Vilas Paswan, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister.

The government will soon be brining legislation on consumer protection from misleading advertisements. Consumer Affairs Minister Ramvilas Pawan apprised the upper house on Friday when the issue of misleading advertisements was raised by an Opposition MP.

As SP member Naresh Agrawal raised the issue, Paswan said the cabinet has approved a new bill and urged the lawmakers not to refer it to the Standing Committee and delay the approval process, after it is introduced in Parliament.

Responding to the issue during the Zero Hour, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu referred to an advertisment through which a company claimed to reduce weight in 28 days. He said after making payment of Rs 1,230 to the company as demanded, more money was sought for delivering the “original” medicine to reduce weight.

“You know my mentality. I did not leave the matter there,” the Chairman said, adding that he asked his staff to raise the matter with the concerned ministry.

Naidu said it was found that the advertisement originated from the US and added that it should be examined how to check such advertisments.

In his response, Paswan said the current consumer protection law is 31 years old and the NDA government has drafted a new bill. The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2015 and referred to the Standing Committee.

He said the Standing Committee gave “good suggestions” and the Union Cabinet approved the new bill.

He urged the MPs not to send the bill again to the Standing Committee so that it could be passed at the earliest.

(With inputs from PTI)