Training On Right to Information, Right to Food and Consumer Rights Protection.

A training on Right to Information, Right to Food and Consumer Rights Protection Act was organized at KROSS Resource Centre on 09.06.2015.

The Public Authority which is required to disseminate information proactively has failed which led to a mass movement by NGOs and like-minded organizations which ushered in the law on Right to Information being passed by Parliament on 15th June, 2005. The basic object of the Right to Information Act is to empower the citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Government, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people.

The Right to Food is enshrined in our Constitution but fifty per cent of the world’s hungry live in India. The petition filed by People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Rajasthan in the Supreme Court led the Court to recognize the Right to Food and asked the Government to transform the food policy into enforceable rights. In 2011, the National Food Security Bill was proposed and the Parliament passed the bill as National Food Security Act, 2013.

Consumer Protection is a group of laws designed to ensure the rights of consumers, practice of fair trade and accurate information to the consumer about the product particularly where safety or public health is involved so that the consumer can make better choice said Rev. Fr. Sebastian Fernandes, Director, KROSS in his keynote address to the participants who had come from all over Karnataka.

The Training was facilitated by Mr. Y. G. Muralidharan, Consumer Rights Education and Awareness Trust (CREAT), Bangalore.

Mr. Clement Fernandes welcomed the gathering and moderated the day’s proceedings. Ms Sulochana, CMSSS, Hassan proposed the vote of thanks.