Zulfkar reviews consumer protection measures in healthcare, education sectors - watsupptoday.com
Zulfkar reviews consumer protection measures in healthcare, education sectors
Posted 13 Dec 2017 03:10 PM

Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Tuesday chaired a meeting of State Consumer Protection Council to discuss the measures that need to be initiated for Protection of consumer interests with regard to education and health sector.
During the meeting, discussion was held on various consumer concerns related to health, education and other sectors including selling of books by private schools, consumer grievances redressal mechanism in case of online shopping, services provided to consumers by both government and private hospitals, classification of nursing homes and educational institutions, variation in charges of nursing homes, rates fixed and facilities provides by these nursing homes, variation in charges of clinical labs, variation in test results of various clinical labs, non-issuance of bills by some of nursing homes, sanitation issues in the hospitals and nursing homes, variation in rates of medicines of same nature at different medical stores, rationalization of teaching, paramedical staff and doctors, prosecution of cases filed by government on behalf of public business establishments, uniformity in the parking rates at outside the hospitals, business establishments, educational institutions and court premises. He asked the health department to review feasibility of moving the ICU in GMC Jammu to the ground floor for the convenience of the people.
With regard to education, the Minister directed education department to conduct a detailed survey of private schools and categorize their fee structure as per the infrastructure being provided to the students. He asked the members of the council to build confidence among consumers to send their wards to government institutions. He directed Education dept to constitute an enforcement committee in coordination with LMD and FSC&CA dept to monitor the functioning of private institutions.
Among others Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education Department Dr Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner Secretary School Education department Farooq Ahmad Shah, Commissioner Secretary Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department M D Khan, Senior Additional Advocate General Seema Khajooria Shekhar, Members of State Consumer Protection Council, Directors of F,CS&CA Department J and K Division, Controller Legal Metrology, Consumer Forum Protection Organization and representatives of various other organizations and establishments attended the meeting.

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