|Take the Covid vaccine, safeguard
yourself, and help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
Third Phase of Covid-19 vaccination
is in progress, to cover all those who are above 18 years of age.
Getting vaccinated is quite easy and will help to fight the Covid effectively.
Government and Private Hospitals across the country are engaged in this
vaccination drive. While it is administered Free of Cost, in the Government
Hospitals, Private Hospitals have been authorised to collect a fee.
Each individual will be administered two doses of the vaccine, 28 days apart
(It has been advised, that those administered with Covishield vaccine, should
take the 2nd dose, between 12-16 weeks after the first dose, as a delayed
vaccination is found to be found to be more effective.) Individuals
do not have choice for the brand (Covishield or Covaxin). The second
phase vaccination started on the 1st Maftr
covering arch, front line workers, including
the health professionals. In all, already nearly 110 crore (1.1 billion)
doses of this vaccine have been administered. The vaccine is quite
safe and everyone, should volunteer to register themselves and help themselves
and the country to fight the contagious Covid disease. WHO has also approved
both the Indian covid vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin). I had the first
dose of the vaccine administered on 1st March itself and the second dose
on 10th April, as per the earlier guidelines of 6-8 weeks for Covishield.
Steps to Register or Book an Appointment of COVID19 Vaccine.
- First of all, interested
citizens need to visit the official portal i.e., https://www.cowin.gov.in
- Click the link for
- Enter a valid mobile
number for registration.
- An OTP is sent to
your registered mobile number.
- Enter OTP for further
processing and click on the Verify button.
- You will now be
directed to the vaccine registration page.
- There you need to
choose a photo ID proof.
- Enter Name, Age,
Gender, and upload the required ID proof/documents.
- After that, a question
comes on the page that you have any combination, which can be answered by
clicking Yes or No.
- After entering all
the details, click on the Register button.
- After being successfully
registered on the website, the account data will be shown on the screen.
- Click on Book for
Appointment for vaccination.
- You can choose the
vaccination Centre state-wise, district-wise, block-wise, or Postal pin-wise.
- Check the centre
details, dates, and availability on the screen, and choose.
- After the registration
process is complete, a message will be received on the registered mobile
- You can visit the
Centre/Hospital, on that date and get vaccinated.
- After the first
Dose registration, the second phase of the vaccine will be done automatically.
Registration can also be done through the Arogya Setu Mobile
App. Please note that other than the authorised Centres, no one
else can administer you the vaccine. Further, the vaccine is not made
available in the medical shops.
is the Chief Mentor, Consumer Protection Council, Rourkela.
Consumers will be
better protected - Narendra Modi
Employees are entitled to benefit of two years weightage
under the EPS
- Justice is not Supreme
Supreme Court fails
to uphold the law
Some suggestions to Chief Justice of India - Is it
that the Laws &
Rules need to remain only on paper?
Amendments to Consumer
A big question
mark about the relevance
of the judiciary in safeguarding the
In India, consumers have
been at the receiving end
since long. One thought that things will
change for the better after the Consumer
Protection Act was enacted in 1986 and a structured
approach was adopted to promote and safeguard
the interests of the consumers. But after
2004, things have gone from bad to worse. Commencing
from the castration of the Central Consumer Protection
Council, the relevance of the consumer Act itself
has been brought into question. If the government
is found wanting and none too serious to strengthen
this voluntary initiative of the individuals to do their bit
for a healthy society, which in any case is bound to benefit
the industry, its competitiveness and the country as a whole,
myopic approach only appear to rule the roost, as on date.
Important amendments which were
brought in 2003 to the Consumer Protection
Act, with a clear objective of penalising Unfair
Trade Practices and to compensate the consumer/litigant
adequately have been frustrated by the indifferent
approach of the National Commission as well as the
Supreme Court. That is why, giving the benefit
of doubt to the bench which did not do justice to the
issues placed before it by Consumer Protection Council, Rourkela,
and to take the issues pursued by it to the logical end,
Curative Petition was filed. The GROUNDS
the denial of Natural Justice to
the Petitioner Council and the failure of the Court
in addressing the issues raised in the Appeal.
Rupa Ashok Hurra
case specifically has laid Violation of
Principles of Natural justice as the valid ground
for considering a Curative Petition. Question
is whether a narrow view of non-issue of notice alone
should be taken as the requisite ground for allowing
the Appeal or blatant denial to consider the Grounds
of Appeal by the concerned bench should be treated alike,
in the larger interests of justice? If this
anomaly is not addressed, Curative Petitions
will only be found useful when the media start highlighting
an issue, like the LGBT case leading to the strength
of the population deciding the outcome of the Curative
Petition. This does not augur well for a civilized
Learned ex-Justice of Gujarat &
Rajasthan High Courts, Sri M.R.Calla,
and designated Sr. Advocate of the Supreme Court
had unequivocally advocated for allowing the
Curative Petition of the Council, pointing
out the gross miscarriage
of justice and denial of natural justice.
But that has not appealed to the Supreme
Court bench headed by the CJI, who have
the Curative Petition,
as per the Order made available on
the internet today.
needs to be done to address and to save the people
from this hyper-technical approach of the
Supreme Court and to promote the consumer movement,
which is after all in the best interests of the
nation. Will Shri Narendra Modi and his government
do something to stem this rot?
How can the Supreme
Court pass an irrelevant order?
is your right'
Fleece the consumer
and go scot-free
Finish the consumer
A consumer organisation
with a difference.
Instead of rendering advisory
services alone, the Council since its inception,
in 1985, has been taking up issues affecting
them through the consumer courts and other means
and feels proud to have provided relief to crores of people.
not be an exaggeration to add that its activities
have added to the confidence of the Rourkela
population, against unethical business practices.
- Remedial action against
short filling of LPG in cooking
gas refills; of the 184 LPG Bottling Plants,
of the three Oil Marketing Companies (IOC, BP &
HP), only 4 remain to be automated. Even these
will be modernised within the next financial year 2013-14).
The quantified loss of nearly Rs. 750 crores
per year to the consumers across the country has
been taken care by this upgradation. Thanks
to the Council's Original Petition initiatied in 2001,
before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission
- Won an important case
against the Rourkela Development Authority
and secured financial relief for a group of individuals,
against violation of Plan & Specifications
in the construction of the houses and
delay in handing over the possession.
- Obtained a separate District
Forum for Rourkela, though
it is not the district headquarters,
which otherwise necessitated the entire Rourkela
population to approach the Forum, situated at
Sundergarh, a place 100 km away;
- Re-routing of Dhanbad-Alleppey
Express train through Chennai
- Campaigned against non
transferring of excise duty concessions (to
the consumers) extended by the union government
to the industry;
- Better upkeep of the railway
coaches of Utkal Kalinga
Express and other trains;
- Reintroduction AC Chair
Car in Ispat Express;
- Refunding of booking advance
by M/s APSL and M/s LML;
and many more.
The fifth Voluntary Consumer
Organisation in the country to have set
up a Consumer Information Centre,
with the support of Ministry of Consumer
Affairs and Public Distribution, Govt. of India.
Has earned a niche for creating consumer
awareness and handling of individual
as well as group/class grievances.
It is bringing out an English monthly
Advantage Consumer, to educate
the consumers. It is represented in various Advisory
An Aware Consumer is
an Asset to the Nation
Through this site effort will
be made to disseminate all relevant information
and answers to many of the queries which are
frequently asked. Knowledge is power and
ignorance is the root cause of all exploitation.
As a consumer, we hope you will find the site quite
useful. Since ours is a voluntary organisation with
meagre resources we have designed the site on our own
and are sure there will be lot of scope to improve. As
such we invite the public and the visitors to this site
to communicate their valuable feedback, so that we may improve
the contents of this site.Â
Lots & Lots of information in store
for you to tap, in the Information
Section.Â Why wait to click
If you are keen to support the Council, you may send in
your donations through
crossed Cheques/Demand Drafts, drawn
in favour of "Consumer Protection Council, Rourkela".
All donations to the Council are exempted
under sec. 80G of the Income Tax Act. The Council is
also registered under the FCRA (Foreign Contribution