Short­age of postage stamps hits work at con­sumer court

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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.

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