Speakers at a seminar on Monday emphasised the need for proper enforcement of the consumers’ rights protection act.
Speaking on consumers’ insecurity in the retail markets, they said the authorities should ensure quality of food products and right measurements of all products.
Most consumers feel. They often fear that they.
Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institutions organised the seminar at a city restaurant marking the World Metrology Day-2019.
Rajshahi University applied physics and electronics engineering department chairman professor Ariful Islam Nahid addressed the seminar as chief guest with directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection, Rajshahi deputy director Syed Mustaque Hassan as special guest respectively.
Chaired by BSTI regional deputy director Khairul Islam, Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research regional director Md Ibrahim, Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries president Moniruzzaman, among others, spoke at the seminar.
Professor Ariful Islam Nahid said that millions of people suffer from illness by eating contaminated and adulterated food every year, and at present hazardous food has been considered a major threat to public health.
Consumers’ rights in the developed nations focus on the right to information, choice, redress and representation, but we are deprived of such privileges here, he added.
‘Development cannot be attained without right measurements as it builds reliability and confidence among the public in general’, he further said.
He called for state control over the market for making it free from all sorts of manipulation, distortion, harassment and deception along with ensuring a healthy atmosphere in the market place.
BSTI field officer (CM wing) engineer Zunaid Ahmed highlighted world metrology day recognising and celebrating the contributions of all the people who work in inter-governmental and national organizations throughout the year.
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