Int’l Consumers’ Day: Free legal aid assured for the needy

 Member-Secretary of District Legal Service Authority Dinesh Hegade elaborated on the services provided by the organisation

Assuring consumers to get justice in terms of quality products and services equalling with their valuable payments, the District Legal Service Authority Member-Secretary Dinesh Hegade said that the DLSA provides free legal consultation services for the needy in which SC, ST, Women and Children, victims of group clash, mentally disabled, and those with annual income below Rs 1,25,000 are entitled to get legal aid.

He was speaking after inaugurating the International Consumers’ Day celebration jointly organised by JSS Law College, Department of Food and Civil Supply, DLSA at JSS Law College on Tuesday.
Stating facilities provided under DLSA, he stated that those injured in the recent rioting incident following the murder of a BJP worker can also get legal aid up to Rs 3 lakh under victims compensation scheme introduced by DLSA in 2011.

Deputy Director of the Department of Food and Civil Supplies K Rameshwarappa; JSS Law College Principal K S Suresh; Assistant Director for the Department of Weights and Measures Sarala Nair were present during the event.

People have strong faith in electronic weighing machines, believing that it will give out proper reading. However, in reality, these machines have been found to be faulty. Therefore, consumers have to be aware of Consumer Act and ensure justice prevails. Even the LPG gas cylinder distributors should be equipped with a weighing machine and verify the weight of cylinders before handing them over to consumers. In this regard, consumers can demand for weight verification. – Sarala Nair, Assistant Director, Department of weight and measures.

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