The Consumer Protection Act,1986 is a milestone in the history of socio-economic legislation in the country. It is one of the most progressive,comprehensive and unique pieces of legislation enacted for better protecting the interest of consumers by establishing forums for settlement of consumer disputes. All the provision of the Consumer Protection Act. 1986 came into force with effect from 1.7.1987 throughout the country except in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The state of Jammu & Kashmir has enacted its own legislation in the field. The right to redress lead to the passing of the Consumer Protection Act (COPRA) in 1986 in India which has been defined as Magna Carta of consumers but,it recognizes only six of these eight rights: 1. SAFETY;
5. REDRESS and
6. CONSUMER EDUCATION.
CONSUMER PROTECTION COUNCILS
4. The Central Consumer Protection Council.—(1) The Central Government shall, by notification, establish with effect from such date as it may specify in such notification, a Council to be known as the Central Consumer Protection Council (hereinafter referred to as the Central Council).
(2) The Central Council shall consist of the following members, namely:— (a) the Minister in charge of the consumer affairs in the Central Government, who shall be its Chairman, and (b) such number of other official or non-official members representing such interests as may be prescribed.
5. Procedure for meetings of the Central Council.—(1) The Central Council shall meet as and when necessary, but at least one meeting of the Council shall be held every year.
(2) The Central Council shall meet at such time and place as the Chairman may think fit and shall observe such procedure in regard to the transaction of its business as may be prescribed.
6. Objects of the Central Council.—The objects of the Central Council shall be to promote...