JAGRUT GRAHAK MANDAL-PATAN
(Consumer Information Center)
The Organisation’s Registration Number is F-763-Patan(14-10-1985)
Approved by Govt. of India.
My Helpline (Jagrut Grahak Mandal, Patan) is a registered (Registration No. : F-763-Patan (14-10-1985) non-governmental organization (NGO) working in Gujarat, India. Established in the year 1985, Jagrut Grahak Mandal Patan works in the area of Civic Issues, etc. The organization works towards the promotion of sustainable development and the protection of consumers.
Our goal is to promote the awareness about consumer protection, Investors' protection, healthcare and the environment. Our team strives constantly towards a healthy, educated and an aware nation. We at Consumer Organization help to con nect you to your being, your environment protection. At the cell for Consumer Education and Advocacy, we network to uplift Consumer's welfare and protect their rights.
The consumer movement marks 15th March with World Consumer Rights Day every year, as a means of raising global awareness about consumer rights and needs. Celebrating the day is a chance to demand that the rights of all consumers are respected and protected, and to protest against market abuses and social injustices which undermine those rights.
In this type of programs for consumer awareness to the society each month. We also celebrate 15th March and 24th December every year. On that day, We celebrate 15th to 21st March and 24th to 30th December, the whole week as the Consumer Awareness various program
we give different types of we distribute pamphlets, memos, and also a free complaint form. We give a strong, powerful and effective presentation for consumer rights and duties. To solve consumer complaints we file a case in the consumer court and take legal action whenever required.
we represent the consumer matters to the concerned Authority and we get the best results. All these Programs, Activities have coverage in Print Media and Electronic Media. Not only in Gujarat but also in all over India only this Organization has been giving news related to the Consumer Protection and Awareness since last 30 years.
Who and what is a Consumer?
Each of you, each of us, is a consumer.
The definition in the dictionary refers to an individual who buys products or services for personal use and not for manufacture or resale as a consumer. In the present scenario a consumer is a person engaged in evaluating, acquiring, and using goods and services to satisfy his needs and wants. A consumer is a key figure in the market and all activities are carried on around this person. The old close relation between production and consumption has changed now. Consumers now depend on a complex industrial system to satisfy their wants. Goods and services have multiplied and become more complicated, making it difficult to choose wisely among them.
What is Consumerism?
The first and basic explanation is the protection or promotion of the interests of consumers. On the other hand its derogatory reference is to the preoccupation of society with the acquisition of consumer goods. One could also consider the movement by consumers to ensure fair and ethical practices on the part of service providers in relation to consumers as an act of consumerism.
There are various rights and responsibilities of consumers. The United Nation (UN) had framed guidelines for consumer protection. The draft UN guidelines were discussed at great length from the 1960s onward before finally being adopted in 1985. The guidelines were expanded in 1999 with issues of sustainable consumption and were re-adopted in the UN General Assembly decision 54/449. 2010 that marked the 25th year of the adoption of the UN Guidelines for Consumer Protection.
The UN General Principles set out the legitimate needs of consumers as follows:
The protection of consumers from hazards to their health and safety
The promotion and protection of the economic interests of consumers
Consumer access to adequate information to enable making informed choices according to individual wishes and needs
Consumer education, including education on the environmental, social and economic impacts of consumer choice
The availability of effective consumer redress
Freedom to form consumer and other relevant groups or organizations and the opportunity for such organizations to present their views in decision-making processes affecting them
The promotion of sustainable consumption patterns (added in 1999).
Over time, the consumer movement has developed this vision into a set of eight basic consumer rights.
The right to satisfaction of basic needs – To have access to basic, essential goods and services: adequate food, clothing, shelter, health care, education, public utilities, water, and sanitation.
The right to safety – To be protected against products, production processes and services, which are hazardous to health or life.
The right to be informed – To be given the facts needed to make an informed choice, and to be protected against dishonest or misleading advertising and labelling.
The right to choose – To be able to select from a range of products and services, offered at competitive prices with an assurance of satisfactory quality.
The right to be heard – To have consumer interests represented in the making and execution of government policy, and in the development of products and services.
The right to redress – To receive a fair settlement of just claims, including compensation for misrepresentation, shoddy goods or unsatisfactory services.
The right to consumer education – To acquire knowledge and skills needed to make informed, confident choices about goods and services, while being aware of basic consumer rights and responsibilities and how to act on them.
The right to a healthy environment -To live and work in an environment, which is non-threatening to the well-being of present and future generations.
How do we help
Consumer information Center-Patan takes up complaints from all over India mainly related to defective products and deficient services, including financial services, investor services, health care and Environment protection. The main objective of Complaints Department is to bring about a just and fair solution to the complaints. It tries to settle them through mediation without court intervention.
On registration of the complaint, the details are stored in the computer through Complaints Handling System. After entering the complaint details, the first letter (generated through the program) is sent to the Opposite party (or the principal Company), followed by telephone calls. The Opposite Party is asked to respond within 15 days.
If the Opposite Party does not reply within the given time frame, then the first reminder is sent after 15 days. In appropriate cases, we invite both the parties to our organisation to discuss the matter across the table and try to find out an amicable solution.
If the mediation efforts fail, we resort to litigation.
Types of complaints that we assist