For the second consecutive day on Thursday, the Lok Sabha passed two Bills amid protests by members of the Congress, the TDP and the AIADMK.
Besides the Consumer Protection Bill, 2018, which seeks to replace the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018, was passed.
The Consumer Protection Bill will become law once it goes through the Rajya Sabha. It is meant to protect those who use new technologies such as e-commerce and online shopping.
The financial jurisdiction of the District Consumers Courts has been increased: they can deal with complaints involving Rs. 1 crore as against the Rs. 20 lakh earlier. Under the clause of product liability, a manufacturer will be liable to give compensation for products with defects.