Shortage of postage stamps hits work at consumer court
HT Correspondent SAS NAGAR: The functioning of consumer court has been severely affected in SAS Nagar as there are no postage stamps available in the court.
This reflects the financial position of the Punjab government, as it is unable to provide postage stamps required to issue summons and court orders.
In a statement issued by Pankaj Chandgothia, president of consumer courts bar association, he said: "The very objective of the Consumer Act has been defeated by the failure of the Punjab government to fulfil such small budgetary requirements. Postage stamps are basic requirements for the working of the consumer forum." He added that as per the court employees, it has been almost a year that they are facing the problem.
"Although many cases have been decided and orders have been passed, but these cannot be communicated to the parties for want of postage stamps thus adversely affecting the working of the consumer courts," he said.
"An Act, where a case has to be decided within three months, is meeting a dead end because of this ironical situation," Chandgothia added.