Misleading, false and objectionable advertisements are a menace in India duping gullible consumers into making unwise choices. The National and more so the vernacular media is full of advts that are misleadingâ€“such as those based onÂ astrology or black magic. Some claim toÂ cure diabetes, cancer or obesityÂ while others provideÂ solution for hairloss, increasing heightÂ of a person aged between 10 and 40 years.
CERC has been actively working on the problem of misleading advertisements for the past several years.Â Recognizing our work in this vital area of Consumer Protection, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Govt of India has assigned us a Project on Misleading Advertisements.Â The overall objective of the project is to curb the menace of misleading advertisements and move towards responsible advertising.
As a part of this project, we are conducting a consumerÂ surveyÂ to understand the awareness of misleading advertisements among consumers, their experiences with misleading advertisements and action taken, if any.
We request you to kindly click on the link (https://goo.gl/zpfXPA) and send us your response to theÂ survey. TheÂ surveyÂ will not take more than 15 minutes.
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Consumer Club in Schools
The Government of Gujarat has appointed VCOs of Gujarat to cover the schools in the State. The VCOs have opened Consumer Club in different schools and supported the schools in carrying out activities like poster exhibitions, essay competitions, drawing competitions, debates and street plays to make students aware about Consumer Protection.
The VCOs support schools in organizing special programmes in schools to mark â€˜World Consumer Rights Dayâ€™ on 15 March and on â€˜National Consumer Rights Dayâ€™ on 24 December.
CERC is currently running Consumer Clubs in 70 schools in Ahmedabad city. It organizes demonstrations on weights and measures and food adulteration and other consumer awareness programs in different schools to educate students.