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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Keep a watch on misleading advertisements

Print media and TV are always full of advertisemnts. Many times the adverisers go overboard in their claims and their advertisements run the risk of being considered false, misleading, indecent, illegal, leading to unsafe practices, or unfair to competition. Consumers are having an increasing disbelief in advertising and the resentment is growing against sech advertisements. Many consumers want to complain but wonder where they should make the complaint. Let me give you some information on this.

Advertising Standards Council of India is a self regulatory voluntary organization of the advertising industry. It keeps a close watch on advertisements which are considered false, misleading, indecent, illegal, leading to unsafe practices, or unfair to competition. ASCI has adopted a Code for Self-Regulation in Advertising (CLICK to read in ENGLISH or in HINDI. It is a commitment to honest advertising and to fair competition in the market-place. It stands for the protection of the legitimate interests of consumers and all concerned with advertising - advertisers, media, advertising agencies and others who help in the creation or placement of advertisements.

Whenever a consumer feels agrieved of an advertisement he or she can make a complaint to ASCI.

ASCI has launched an e-magazine ASCI EZINE on September 9th 2010. Click here for the inaugural issue

So dear consumers, keep a wath on advertisements and complain if you feel bad about it. In case, you are short of time, bring that ad to the notice of this blog, and we will file the complaint (

Sunday, October 03, 2010

शहद में एंटीबायोटिक्स होना गैरकानूनी है

मैंने पिछले महीने इस ब्लॉग पर एक पोस्ट लिखी थी - शहद खाने में भी खतरा है. पढने के लिए क्लिक करें.

सरकार ने अब एक सलाहकारी जारी की है जिसके अनुसार शहद में एंटीबायोटिक्स और कीटनाशक अवशिष्ट का होना गैरकानूनी है. पढने के लिए क्लिक करें.
शहद एक ऐसा मीठा प्राक्रतिक पदार्थ है जिसे मधुमक्खियाँ फूलों के पराग (रस) या पौधों के स्राव से तैयार करती हैं.
शहद का रंग हलके से गहरा भूरा हो सकता है.
आँख से देखने पर शहद में कोई भी गंदगी नहीं नजर आनी चाहिए, जैसे मधुमक्खियों के मोम का टुकड़ा, मधुमक्खियों के शरीर का कोई हिस्सा, कोई कीड़ा-मकोड़ा, धूल, झाग, फफूंद या कोई और असम्बद्ध पदार्थ.
एक महत्वपूर्ण बात यह है कि किसी खाद्दय पदार्थ पर, जो देखने में शहद जैसा लगता हो पर शुद्ध शहद न हो, शहद का लेबल नहीं लगाया जा सकता.

सरकार ने यह सलाहकारी तो जारी कर दी, पर यह मानक तो बहुत पहले से हैं, लेकिन शहद में एंटीबायोटिक्स फिर भी पाए गए. इसका अर्थ यही है कि सरकारी नियंत्रण कमजोर है, और सम्बंधित अधिकारी अपनी जिम्मेदारी ठीक से नहीं निभा रहे हैं.

सरकार और संबंधित विभाग और विभागीय अधिकारियों को ग्राहकों के प्रति अपनी जिम्मेदारी पूरी ईमानदारी और निष्ठां के साथ निभानी चाहिए.

पीएफए एक्ट और रूल्स के लिए क्लिक करें.

शहद की ग्रेडिंग एवं मार्किंग रूल्स के लिए क्लिक करें.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Consumers health & Safety at risk - DJB violates safety & noise pollution norms

Delhi Jal Board (DJB) provides water and associated services to the citizens of Delhi. All the citizens of Delhi are consumers of DJB services. As a consumer, are you satisfied with the services of DJB? My answer is NO and I and I am sure that your answer will also be NO. Neither the quality of water supplied by DJB is good nor the associated services. It is hazardous to the health of citizens. But as it has a monopoly on water supply, citizens of Delhi are forced to use its services.

Through this post I want to show you, how DJB violates its own safety norms and noise pollution law, thus exposing Delhi citizens to yet another safety hazard. See the photos of a project under execution in Paschim Puri in West Delhi.

DJB Safety Guidelines

Caution, Men at Work

Violation of Noise Pollution Law – using DG Set without acoustic enclosure

Violating safety norms – electric switchgear is lying on the road side with loose wires exposing passers by to safety hazard