The World Consumer Rights Day is being observed in the country today as elsewhere in the globe.
Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection has chalked out elaborate programmes, including seminars and conferences, to mark the day.
On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting all consumers and wishing all successes of the day’s programmes.
In his message, Abdul Hamid said: “Consumer right is a universal right. A healthy and strong nation is a must for attaining the country’s development and advancement goals”.
It is possible to ensure the reasonable price and quality of a product by protecting consumer rights, he added.
The President stressed on special monitoring to prevent adulteration of food.
In her message, Sheikh Hasina said: “Our government is implementing various programmes to protect the consumer rights. We enacted the Consumers’ Right Protection Act, 2009, which is helping in ensuring consumers’ rights and resolving complaints over violation of consumer rights in the country”.
Stressing on increasing public awareness to protect consumers’ interests, the Prime Minister said the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection can play a vital role in keeping the prices of goods at the reasonable and tolerable level through regular market monitoring.
Noting that Bangladesh has emerged as a role model for socioeconomic development in the world, she said the per capita income of the country stood at $1751, increasing the purchasing capacity of the people.
“So, attention should be paid to keeping the prices of products within the purchasing capacity of the consumers by maintain the quality of products,” the premier said