Department of Consumer Affairs sets up panel on Right to Repair

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In order to provide a holistic framework to the Right to Repair, the Department of Consumer Affairs has constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary Nidhi Khatri.

Important facts

  • Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the concept of LIFE (Lifestyle for the Environment) movement in India.

  • It includes the concept of reuse and recycling of various consumer products.

Aims of setting up the committee

  • Empowering consumers and product buyers in the local market and establishing trade harmony between original equipment manufacturers and third party buyers and sellers.

  • Developing sustainable consumption of products and reducing e-waste.

What is right to repair?

  • The right to repair prohibits unfair anti-competitive practices by the manufacturers of an item.

  • The Right to Repair asks the manufacturers to ensure that the customer can get his goods repaired himself or with the help of a third party agency.

  • When we buy something, we automatically become the absolute owner of it.

  • It is believed that customers should have the freedom to repair and replace products easily and economically without being subject to manufacturers.

Items which are included under the right to repair

  • Farming equipment, mobile phones/ tablets, consumer durables and automobiles/automobile equipment

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