Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
3) Discuss the salient features of the Consumer Protection Bill, 2018. How far will it address the unfair trade practices? Critically analyse.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article brings out the merits of the recently introduced Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 in the parliament. It discusses in detail the provisions of the Bill.
Key demand of the question:
Provide the salient features of the bill, how is it different from its previous version; establishment of an executive agency — Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), other provisions of the Bill including mediation, misleading advertisements and inclusion of imported products etc.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer
Start by bringing out the importance of consumer protection in the country.
Body should discuss the following broad aspects in detail –
Importance of the policy, key features, how is it different from the previous one, its link with the current changing trends of the market . various special features – establishment of Consumer Protection Councils at the district, state and national levels to render advice on consumer protection, — Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), other provisions of the Bill including mediation, misleading advertisements and inclusion of imported products etc.
Conclude with how it is a better version of the previous one and thus should be brought into action as early as possible.