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Consumer clubs on anvil

Bhubaneswar, Sept. 29: At least 500 high schools in Orissa are all set to start consumer clubs.

The clubs will consist of a minimum of 50 students. A teacher of the concerned school will be in charge of each club. The objective of the club is to educate children about the rights of the consumers as provided under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, and to mobilise them to fight.

This concept will be part of a county-wide initiative launched by the department of consumer affairs of the ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution.

The state government has received a special grant of Rs 50 lakh for this purpose.

“The headmaster of the school will be in charge of the club.

The headmaster, along with any local NGO, will design programmes, manage expenses and submit the fund utilisation report to the government,” a senor official from the school and mass education department said.

A monitoring committee will be formed under the chairmanship of the district collector and the district supply officer will be the convener of the committee.

The district inspector of schools, sub-collector and district consumer forum chairman will also be part of the committee, said the official.

The student members of each consumer club will hold a number of awareness programmes to deal with the various matters related to the protection and welfare of the consumers in and around the region.

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