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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS 

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1425
ANSWERED ON MARCH 11, 2013 

QUESTION
Short Age of Staff and Poor Infrastructure in Consumer Courts 

 

1425. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR: 

Will the Minister of CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION be pleased to state: 

(a)   whether it is a fact that consumer courts in various parts of the country are facing shortage of staff, poor infrastructure, etc.; 

(b)   if so, the details thereof; and 

(c)    the remedial measures Government proposes to take to improve the consumer courts in the country? 

 

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR
CONSUMER AFFAIRS, FOOD AND PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION
(PROF. K. V. THOMAS) 

(a) & (b): As per provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, it is the responsibility of the concerned State Government to provide staff and infrastructure in the Consumer Fora situated in various States of the country. The vacancy position in the State Commission and District Forums is at Annexure. However, the Central Govt. provides financial assistance to the States for strengthening the infrastructure of Consumer Fora from time to time. 

(c): The remedial measures Government proposes to take to improve the Consumer Fora in the country are as under;

(i)     The 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.

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

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

(iv)  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.

(v)  Financial assistance is provided by the Central Government to the States/UTs for strengthening of infrastructure of Consumer Fora including computerization and networking.

ANNEXURE 

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) & (b) OF RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1425 FOR 11/3/2013 REGARDING SHORTAGE OF STAFF AND POOR INFRASTRVCTURE IN CONSUMER COURTS. 

INFORMATION REGARDING VACANCY POSITION IN THE

STATE COMMISSIONS AND DISTRICT FORUMS

(Update on 06.03.2013)

 

Sl. No.

States

State Commission

District Forum

As on

President

Member

President

Member

 

National Commission

0

2

 

 

31.01.2013

1

Andhra Pradesh

1

0

8

6

31.12.2012

2

A & N Islands

0

0

0

0

31.03.2006

3

Arunachal Pradesh

0

0

0

14

30.11.2012

4

Assam

0

1

1

9

31.12.2012

5

Bihar

0

1

0

18

30.09.2012

6

Chandigarh

0

0

0

0

31.12.2012

7

Chhattisgarh

0

2

1

10

31.12.2012

8

Daman & Diu and DNH

0

0

0

2

31.03.2011

9

Delhi

0

1

0

1

31.01.2013

10

Goa

0

0

0

0

31.01.2013

11

Gujarat

0

0

4

1

31.01.2013

12

Haryana

0

1

7

9

31.01.2013

13

Himachal Pradesh

0

0

0

3

31.01.2013

14

Jammu & Kashmir

0

0

0

0

31.12.2011

15

Jharkhand

0

0

3

12

31.12.2012

16

Karnataka

0

2

6

27

31.01.2013

17

Kerala

0

1

0

1

30.05.2012

18

Lakshadweep

1

1

0

1

31.12.2012

19

Madhya Pradesh

0

1

1

11

31.01.2013

20

 Maharashtra

0

2

33

54

30.06.2012

21

Manipur

0

0

0

1

31.12.2008

22

Meghalaya

1

0

0

1

31.10.2012

23

Mizoram

0

0

0

0

08.03.2010

24

Nagaland

0

0

0

0

31.12.2011

25

Odisha

0

1

7

9

31.12.2012

26

Puducherry

0

0

1

0

31.12.2012

27

Punjab

0

1

3

2

31.12.2012

28

Rajasthan

0

0

7

3

31.01.2013

29

Sikkim

0

0

0

4

31.12.2012

30

Tamil Nadu

0

1

7

33

31.12.2012

31

Tripura

0

0

0

0

31.12.2012

32

Uttar Pradesh

0

6

11

10

31.12.2012

33

Uttarakhand

0

0

0

7

31.12.2012

34

West Bengal

0

0

0

0

31.12.2012

 

TOTAL

3

22

100

249