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Car safety ini­tia­tive

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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.

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