How does Consumers Association help to protect the interests of consumers?

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Consumer Associations or consumer councils have been organised to protect the rights of consumers. A nucleus organisation called National Consumer Service (NCS) was formed in 1963 in India.

Several consumer associations and councils have been formed in metropoli­tan cities. In 1966 a Consumer Guidance Society was formed in Mumbai. A National Consumer council of India was formed in Delhi in 1968. The main functions of a consumer association or council are as follows:

(i) To collect and publish market information for education of consumers.

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(ii) To organise protests against the malpractices of businessmen.

(iii) To press for legislation for protecting consumers.

(iv) To make consumers aware of their rights.

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