Car safety initiative
As part of their ongoing ‘car safety’ initiative in India, the Consumer Voice team organised consumer awareness workshops at Bengaluru (Karnataka) on 14 September and at Hyderabad (Telangana) on 15 September. The main purpose of the workshops was to generate awareness among consumers on various safety features of cars as well as Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme, in addition to spreading the message that safer cars were needed on Indian roads to save precious lives. An appeal was made to government authorities and car manufacturers for ensuring safety features in cars and for implementing stringent laws on safety.
In both the workshops, authorities from various fields such as automobile and insurance companies, government authorities and other technical experts shared their thoughts on the subject matter. A short film on car safety was also shown. Participants had their questions on various safety aspects answered by the experts.
Road safety initiative
Consumer Voice team members Amarjeet Singh and Rinki Sharma participated in the Asia Seminar on Road Safety held at Manila, Philippines, on 22–23 August. Organised by Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) and International Road Assessment Program (iRAP), the event saw the participation of a diverse group of professionals working in the field of road safety – from engineering and designing to safety and technology. Representatives from government as well as nongovernment and civil society organisations, and advocacy experts also participated in the seminar.
In India, the Consumer Voice team along with their state partners urged the Select Committee on Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017, to support the passage of the Bill in the winter session of the Parliament..
Green Action Week
As part of Green Action Week, Consumer Voice organised a consumer awareness workshop focused on the benefits of organic food. Conducted on 25 September 2017 at Hotel Crystal Palace in Vasundhara, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, the main objective of the workshop was to spread awareness on the importance of organic farming and encourage consumers to make the switch from conventional food, which contains chemicals and pesticides, to organic food. Messaging and engagement through social media and You Tube are part of the Green Action Week activities.
Ashim Sanyal, chief operating officer of Consumer Voice, spoke about ‘Organic food – from farm to plate’. He also mentioned Consumer Voice’s initiative Prakritik Aaahar (‘natural food’). Ajay Kumar Tripathi, director, Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM), Punjab, stressed on the benefits and importance of organic food, the importance of green practices, and the perils associated with pesticides.
Green Action Week is an initiative by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and is carried out in coordination with Consumers International (CI). It is a global campaign to promote sustainable consumption.