Ministry of Consumer Affairs notifies remaining provisions of the Consumer Protection Act; Now, all the provisions stand to gain effect

In a Gazette Notification dated 23rd July, 2020, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (“Ministry”) has given effect to the remaining provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 (“Act”).

 

With the coming into force of the second commencement notification, the following Sections have now gained effect since 24th July, 2020.

 

Title Section(s) Description
Definition Section 2 [clauses (4), (13), (14), (16), (40)] “Central Authority”

“direct selling”

“Director-General’

“e-commerce”

“Regulator”

Central Consumer Protection Authority Sections 10 to 27 (both inclusive)

 

Provisions relating to Central Consumer Protection Authority such as establishment, qualifications, method of recruitment, powers and functions, etc. will come in force on 24th July, 2020
Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission Sub-clause (iv) of clause (a) of sub-section (1) of Section 58 Provision relating to jurisdiction of National Commission to entertain appeals against the orders of the Central Authority
Penal Provisions

 

Sections 88, 89, 92 and 93 Penalty for non-compliance of direction of Central Authority, Punishment for false or misleading advertisement, Cognizance of offence by court and vexatious search
Miscellaneous Section 94 Measures to prevent unfair trade practices in e-commerce, direct selling, etc.

 

Section 96 Compounding of offences
Section 97 Manner of crediting penalty. Protection of action taken in good faith
Section 99 Power to give directions by Central Government

 

Section 101 Power of the Central Government to make rules
Section 104 Power of Central Authority to make regulations

 

Source : Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food And Public Distribution

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