Govt has failed to protect consumer rights: NHRC

Kathmandu, March 15

The National Human Rights Commission today said concerned agencies had failed to combat the production and supply of substandard goods, food adulteration, overcharging and black-marketing.

“Despite the existence of stringent laws to curb anomalies and enhance the quality of public service and supply of standard goods, market monitoring conducted by the NHRC from time to time shows that general consumers do not have easy access to quality goods and services,” said the rights watchdog.

The  World Consumer Rights Day is marked every year on March 15. The NHRC has also urged the government and all stakeholders to guarantee protection of consumer rights by implementing the national and internationals laws in force.

According to Consumer International, unhealthy diets are linked to four of the 10 biggest causes of death worldwide.

Overweight and obesity, high blood pressure, high blood glucose and high cholesterol are the major diseases caused by unhealthy diets. Obesity alone is estimated to cost $2 trillion per year.