VOICE state part­ners meet

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Con­sumer VOICE or­gan­ised a state part­ners meet at its of­fice in New Delhi on March 3, 2017. Part­ners from around 11 states par­tic­i­pated in the meet­ing. The day­long plan­ning-cum-in­ter­ac­tion was marked by ex­change of ideas about var­i­ous project ini­tia­tives. It helped in strength­en­ing the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween VOICE and its state part­ners. The tech­ni­cal ses­sions by ex­perts on dif­fer­ent is­sues cov­ered un­der projects will help project part­ners in un­der­tak­ing and com­plet­ing var­i­ous ad­vo­cacy and con­sumer ini­tia­tives.

World Con­sumer Rights Day: Build­ing a Dig­i­tal World Con­sumers Can Trust

Ev­ery year, 15 March is ob­served as World Con­sumers Rights Day (WCRD), as a means of spread­ing global aware­ness about con­sumer rights. World Con­sumer Rights Day is an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote the ba­sic rights of all con­sumers, de­mand­ing that those rights be re­spected and pro­tected.

On March 14 and 15, 2017, the his­toric G20 Con­sumer Sum­mit – the first G20 event to fo­cus en­tirely on is­sues that af­fect con­sumers – was held in Ber­lin, Ger­many. En­ti­tled ‘Build­ing a Dig­i­tal World Con­sumers Can Trust’, the Sum­mit was co-hosted by the Ger­man Fed­eral Min­istry of Jus­tice and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion (BMJV), Con­sumers In­ter­na­tional (CI), and the Fed­er­a­tion of Ger­man Con­sumer Or­gan­i­sa­tions (vzbv). Ashim Sanyal, COO, Con­sumer VOICE, was a pan­el­list in the ses­sion on ‘E-com­merce and on­line ser­vices’.

Sanyal also par­tic­i­pated in the sec­ond an­nual Google Con­sumer Sum­mit held in Ber­lin on 14 March.

Con­sumer Con­ver­sa­tion Se­ries: In­ter­net safety

As part of its larger ini­tia­tive to fos­ter con­sumer ed­u­ca­tion and em­pow­er­ment, Con­sumer VOICE or­gan­ised the sec­ond work­shop of the Con­sumer Con­ver­sa­tion Se­ries on March 21, 2017, at Gul­mo­har Hall, In­dia Habi­tat Cen­tre, New Delhi. The theme was ‘In­ter­net Safety: Stay­ing Safe On­line’.

COO Ashim Sanyal wel­comed the panel com­pris­ing of Vi­neeta Dixit – Pub­lic Pol­icy, Google; Suhail Sid­diqui – vice pres­i­dent, Just Dial; and GM MuthuKu­maran – tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, Na­tional In­for­mat­ics Cen­tre.

Among the more than 100 par­tic­i­pants were stu­dents, pro­fes­sion­als, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions and con­sumers. They ad­dressed var­i­ous ques­tions on safety as­pects to the ex­perts and also shared their own ex­pe­ri­ences.

Road Safety: Ac­tiv­ity up­date

Con­sumer VOICE with its state part­ners sub­mit­ted let­ters to mem­bers of par­lia­ment in sup­port of the im­me­di­ate pas­sage of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Amend­ment Bill (MVA) in the cur­rent ses­sion of par­lia­ment.

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