DRDO’s Covid-19 drug has come out as a big hope to
The coronavirus and Covid-19, which has been challenging
the World and India, is likely to be controlled and overcome in the near
future. The scientists of DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation),
better known for its missiles that it is arming Indian defence forces with,
has come out with a drug known as 2-DG (2-Deoxy-D-Glucose), which has already
been cleared by the DCGI (Drug Controller General of India), for emergency
Clinical trials were carried out from April ’20, and the drug
was found to be quite effective against the Coronavirus. As per information
available, with the consumption of this drug, Covid positive patients were
able to minimise their Hospital stay and their oxygen needs (additional oxygen
support) had come down considerably. It is no wonder that this drug
is touted as the game changer in the fight against corona. This drug,
which is being marketed in powder form in sachets, is likely to be available
across the country, from the first week of June, though it is supposed to
be introduced by the 3rd week of this month. The mild and moderately
ill patients will have to consume the drug (powder) twice per day, by mixing
with water, for about a week. Hopefully, June should see a sea change
in the Covid statistics, and the beginning of the end of the present crisis.
This innovation is indeed yet another feather
in the highly decorated cap of the DRDO.¤
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*Mr. B.Vaidyanathan, 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 consumer
Curative Petition dismissed)
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
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
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 democratic
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,
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
Something 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 movement?
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 (NCDRC).
- 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
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 bodies.
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.
Lots & Lots of information in store
for you to tap, in the
Information Section. Why wait to
click on Information.
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