BIRTH & GROWTH
Way back in 1979, at Golf Club in Chandigarh, some member & their wives were discussing the difficulties faced by them due to sudden rise in prices of vegetables & fruits as a result of vagaries of weather in the region. They were also critical about the lion’s share of profit being cornered by the middlemen at the cost of producer. It was then suggested by one of the members that instead of airing the grievances like that, they should get together and form a Forum to take up various problems of consumers with the Administration. The First meeting of the Founder Members was held on 12th July, 1979 when it was decided to form Consumers Forum Chandigarh under the Chairmanship of Late Lt. Gen. Sartaj Singh, George Medal, Padma Bhushan.
The Consumers Association Chandigarh has more than 12000 life members and a team of 25 dedicated conveners spread over every nook and corner of Chandigarh. Over the years, the Association has become one of the leading consumer organizations of Northern India redressing the complaints of the consumers. During the last more than three decades, the main thrust of the Association remained to solve the problems of the consumers through Alternative Disputes Redressal Method. The method has become very popular with the consumers as the settlement of complaints is quick and inexpensive with the consent of both the parties. So far, we have been able to settle more than 11, 500 complaints of the consumers, out of court. For such a marvelous and landmark job, our Association has been awarded two National Awards for Consumer Protection in the years 1994 and 2000 by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. During the year under report, a number of activities have been undertaken by the Association.
MOTTO FOR CONSUMER FORUM CHANDIGARH
The House decided to adopt the Motto ‘Consumer Care – Our Concern’ for Consumer Forum Chandigarh.
- Consumers Forum is member of following Organisations:
- Central Consumer Protection Council, New Delhi.
- Consumer Coordination Council, New Delhi.
- Consumer Education & Research Centre Ahmedabad.
- Public Distribution Committee, U.T. Chandigarh.
- Local Advisory Committee, Chandigarh Administration.
- Animal Husbandary Management Council.
- Police Advisory Committee Chandigarh.
- Traffic Warden cell of Chandigarh Traffic Police.
REGISTRATION & RECOGNITION
We are a Registered Society registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 at Chandigarh under Registration No. 684 dated 25th June, 1981. Consumers Forum Chandigarh has been recognized as a “REGISTERED CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION” under Rule 3 of MRTP (Recognition of Consumer Association) Rule, 1967, under Govt. of India, Ministry of Industry, Department of Company Affairs, Shastri Bhawan No. 31/8/87-M-III dated 27.1.1988 Reg. No. 05/88.