Each video is filled with stories of disobedience to such laws. Wherever consumer rights are campaigned for, there are horrific incidents of irregularities and fraud. When campaigners ask vendors why, they do this irregularity. Almost everyone has the answer, they don’t know. Or express an expression like, ‘Hey, that’s what everyone does. That is the rule. ‘ They mean sellers, sometimes bullying, sometimes fine. But is it changing the attitude of the manufacturer or the seller? Or they are saying ‘Masood, if you don’t get better’ – the discussed ‘Masud’ will remain.
The seller who is selling the fish mixed with dyes is the one who is buying sweets mixed with cockroaches for his child, the fruit trader who is cooking mangoes with chemicals is the one who is buying the dyed mustard oil from the market. In this way, everyone seems to be entering a circle of adulteration and deception. The question is, who is giving this suicidal opportunity? The right to safe food or adulterated products or products at a fair price is guaranteed to all citizens. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure that.
The decision to protect consumer rights is political. The Department of Consumer Protection’s campaign is a war on adulteration and fraud to find a needle in a haystack. How much more consumer rights can be protected by keeping hands and feet or by conducting controlled campaigns.
Manoj Dey Prothom Alo senior co-editor