Measures pendency of cases in consumer courts




Measures pendency of cases in consumer courts


The Government has taken a number of measures to reduce pendency of cases in the consumer courts, which include:

(1) State Governments have been requested from time to time to take action well in advance for filling up of vacancies of President and Members and to maintain a panel of candidates for filling up of future vacancies also to avoid delay in appointments.

(2) Circuit Benches from National Commission have been frequently visiting States.

(3) Some State Commissions have constituted Additional Benches mainly to dispose off backlog of pending cases.

(4) The National Commission and some of the State Commissions as well as District Fora are adopting the process of holding Lok Adalats for speedy disposal of the cases.

(5) Financial assistance is provided by the Central Government to the States/UTs for strengthening of infrastructure of Consumer Fora including computerization and networking. The details are given in Annexure I.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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There is no proposal to exclude taxpayers from PDS

There is no proposal under consideration of the Government to exclude taxpayers and Government employees from the purview of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS). This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that the Government of India has notified the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) on 10.09.2013, under which State Governments/Union Territory (UT) Administrations are required to evolve the criteria for identification of priority households and conduct their actual identification, within the coverage determined for each State/UT, for receiving subsidised foodgrains under TPDS.

He said that during a Conference of Ministers of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution of States/UTs, held on 04.07.2014 to inter alia review the implementation of NFSA, it was suggested that though the criteria for identification of households is to be evolved by States/UTs, while identifying the eligible households they should ensure that Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe households are included, except those in Government service, public sector undertakings or autonomous institutions or income tax payers.

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Legislation for online shopping

The Government is aware of media reports regarding growth of online shopping in the country. But presently there is no such proposal under consideration. However, keeping in view the increased number of online fraud/cheating cases, the Government has initiated steps for incorporating sufficient provisions for protection of consumers of online shopping/e-commerce under Consumer Protection Act, 1986. This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that at present there is no single set of law/regulations to govern E-commerce industry and therefore E-commerce activities including online shopping come under the purview of different laws like Information Technology Act, 2000, Contract Law and Indian Penal Code. E-commerce industry is also required to comply with other business laws like Company law, Labour law, Income Tax laws, Sales Tax law, etc.

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No ban on bonus on purchase price of wheat

The Government has not put any ban on bonus on purchase price of wheat, but has decided that in case, a surplus under decentralised mode of procurement (DCP) State gives bonus to farmers for wheat or paddy from Kharif Marketing Season(KMS) 2014-15 and Rabi Marketing Season(RMS) 2015-16 onwards, the Central Government will limit the procurement for Central pool to the extent of requirement of foodgrains for Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS)/Other Welfare Schemes(OWS) allocation of that State and will provide acquisition and distribution subsidy to the State Government accordingly. This information was given by the Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Raosaheb Patil Danve in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that FCI may acquire any additional quantity of foodgrains from such State Government/ its agencies for augmenting its stocks elsewhere, but it would not be under any compulsion to do so. The State Government will be responsible for the disposal of any surplus quantity procured in the State over and above this quantity and bear the financial burden in that regard. Further, if a Non-DCP State gives bonus to farmers over and above the Minimum Support Price (MSP), the Food Corporation of India (FCI) will not take part in MSP operations in that State and State Agencies will have to mobilize resources and take care of MSP operations in the State on their own including the arrangements to be made for storage of procured foodgrains. With respect to such States, FCI in consultation with the Department of Food & Public Distribution will decide as to how much stock of wheat or rice it should acquire from the concerned State in a particular season and will restricts its Central Pool procurement to that extent leaving rest of the surplus stock to be disposed off by the State Government concerned at its own risk and cost. The reasons for taking this decision are that bonus distorts the market of concerned commodity and drives away private buyers out of the market in the State leaving farmers to depend on Government only for sale of their produce. It also generates possibilities of various kinds of malpractices.

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India Signs Guarantee Agreement with the World Bank for IBRD Direct Lending of US $ 1100 Million to the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation India Ltd (DFCCIL) for Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor-II Project

A Guarantee Agreement for World Bank (IBRD) lending of US $ 1100 million to the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation India Ltd (DFCCIL) for Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor-II Project (EDFC-II) has been signed between the Government of India and the World Bank here yesterday. Shri Tarun Bajaj, Joint Secretary (MI), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance signed the Agreement on behalf of Government of India and Mr. Onno Ruhl, Country Director, World Bank, signed the same on behalf of the World Bank.

The objective of the EDFC-II Project is to augment rail transport capacity, improve service quality and enhance freight carriage throughout on the 393 km Kanpur-Mughal Sarai secton of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor; and develop institutional capacity of DFCCIL to build, maintain and operate the entire DFC network. This project is in continuation to the Phase-I of the EDFC Project presently being implemented by the DFCCIL with the World Bank loan of US$ 975 million on the Khurja-Kanpur stretch of the Eastern rail corridor (Ludhiana-Delhi-Kolkata). The project will directly benefit the power and heavy manufacturing industries of northern and eastern India, which rely on railway network for transportation of their material inputs and also for the distribution of bulk processed and semi-processed commodities and consumer goods. Railway passengers will also be benefitted through decongestion of the existing passenger lines.

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FACTS AT A GLANCE: Jammu & Kashmir
IV phase of Poll: 14th December 2014



S. No.
Item
Number of Assembly
Constituencies going on poll=18
1.
Gen. Electors





Service Electors



Total Electors (including Service Electors)
Male –    767471 
Female –  705559
Third Gender-20            
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 Total  -  1473050

Male –    6115
Female –  1632
Total-     7747

Male --    773586
Female –  707191
Third Gender -20            
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 Total  -  1480797
2
Total number of Candidates
182
4
Total Number of Female candidates

09
5
No. and Name of the Assembly Constituency with maximum No. of  Candidates

    25- Batamaloo (16 candidates)
6
No. & Name of the Assembly Constituency with  minimum number of Candidates 

45- Bijbehara
7
Assembly constituency where more than one women candidate
19- Zadibal, 24- Sonawar (2 candidates)




8




Party-wise list of candidates:
BSP
6
BJP
17
CPI
1
CPI (M)
1
INC
18
NCP
2
RLD
0
SP
1
JK NPP

11
JK PDP
18
JKN
18
Regd. Political parties (other than recognized National and State Political Parties
31
Independent
58


Total
182
    9
No. of EVMs to be used in the Election
                   
                                 1890

10
Largest Assembly constituency
 Area wise
46- Pahalgam
11
Largest Assembly constituency
 Electorate wise
25- Batamloo
12
Smallest Assembly constituency Electorate wise
21- Khanyar
13.
Number and Name of assembly constituencies where there is straight contest
Nil
14
No. of  Polling Stations
1890


FACTS AT A GLANCE- JHARKHAND-
PHASE- IV - (Date of Poll 14-12-2014 )


S. No.
Item
Number of Assembly
Constituencies going on poll= 15
1.
Total Electors
Male –      2342954
Female –  2003516
Others -               3  
Service-         2236
NRI Voters:         1    
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 Total  -    4348710

Electors Age group 18-19
132186 (M)

91440 (F)
223626(Total)
2
Number Types of Assembly Constituencies
General : 12
 SC :      03  
 ST:        0
3
Total number of Candidates
217
4
Assembly Constituencies  having more than 15 candidates

Four (4)
31-Gandey, 33-Dumari
36-Bokaro &38-Sindari
5
Assembly Constituencies  having more than 32 candidates

Nil
6
Total Number of Female candidates

16
7
No. and Name of the Assembly Constituency with maximum No. of  Candidates
36-Bokaro (28 Candidates)
8
No. & Name of the Assembly Constituency with  minimum number of Candidates 
30-Jamua, 37-Chandankyari, 42-Tundi
(10 Candidates each)


Party Name

Total




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Party-wise list of candidates:
BJP
13
BSP
14
CPI
3
CPM
2
INC
11
NCP
2
AJSU
2
JVM(P)
14
RJD
4
JMM
15
Registered Political Parties (other then recognized National and State)
70
Independents

67
Total
217
10
Largest Assembly constituency
Electorate wise
36-Bokaro
M-268196, F-223873 = Tot-492069
11
Smallest Assembly constituency Electorate wise
37-Chandankyari
M-115679, F-102318= Tot-217997
12
Number of General, Expenditure, Police & Awareness Observers  deployed
General Observers          -     15
Expenditure Observers   -     06
Police  Observers           -     02
Awareness Observers     -     02
Micro Observers             - 1069
13
No. of Polling Personnel deployed ( approx)

27410 (APPROX)
14
No. of  Polling Stations
5446
+ 36 AUXILLARY = 5482
15.
Number of EVMs to be used in the elections
Control Units -    5482
Ballot Units -      6978
16
Webcasting
335 (Polling stations)
17
Model Polling Station
183
18
VVPAT Used In
2 ACs
36-Bokaro (490), 40-Dhanbad (427)
Total Polling Stations 917











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