Buying Rights

Despite as many as 4000 consumer rights groups floating in Sri Lanka, most are inactive, hindered by a lack of sufficient funding.

rnrnLobbyists have come forward with suggestions that a welfare fund be set up making it mandatory for consumers to contribute to the fund.

rnrnldblquote Just like other taxes GST or NSL, we are suggesting a contribution towards a fund channelled into protecting consumer rights, overseen by an independent council,
dblquote says Moddy Fonseka, Chairman National Consumer Watch addressing a Consumer Rights Forum organised by the German Cultural Institute.

rnrnldblquote Currently, we depend mainly on subscriptions and donations to keep running and are held back from actively pursuing or campaigning for consumer protection,
dblquote he added.

rnrnThe corporate sector has also been urged to formulate a charter based on consumer rights with the aim of developing a corporate practice in the light of consumer concerns.

rnrnldblquote Taking advantage of ill-informed consumers ha