Chapter 5

NCERT
Class 10
Economics
Solutions
8. What legal measures were taken by the government to empower the consumers in India?

Question:

What legal measures were taken by the government to empower theconsumers in India?

Answer:

1. Legislative Measures : The following statutory measures have been takento empower the consumer :

(i) Essential Commodities Act 1955

(ii) Consumer Protection Act 1986

(iii) Official Standard Description Act, 1976

(iv) Prevention of adulteration in food articles Act,1954

2. Administrative Measures : To increase the supply of consumers, thegovernment has started the Public Distribution System. It is expectedthat this will check black marketing, hoarding and overcharging bymanufacturers and traders to some extent.

3. Technical Measures : Standardization of the product comes under thismeasure. The Indian Standards Act, 1980 has been passed in India. Underthis, arrangements have been made to provide specific marks to the products,such as ISI, BIS etc.

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