15 March: World Consumer Rights Day
The World Consumer Rights Day was observed across the world on March 15, 2018 with an aim to promote basic rights of consumers and to ensure that these rights are respected and protected.
Theme of the World Consumer Rights Day
The theme of 2018 World Consumer Rights Day is 'Making Digital Marketplaces Fairer'.
E-commerce has transformed the way people shop. It gives more choices to consumers than ever. However, the evolution of digital marketplaces has also raised global concerns regarding consumer protection and his rights.
This year, the Day calls for access to secure internet for all. The Day also encourages action against scams and fraud and better consumer protection online.
How was the Day celebrated in India?
On the occasion of the World Consumer Rights Day, several functions were organised across India. Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan presided over the function in New Delhi.
In India, besides the World Consumer Rights Day, people observe the National Consumer Day on 24 December.
On 15 March in 1962, the US President John F Kennedy formally addressed the issue of consumer rights in US Congress. He was the first world leader to do so. Now, the consumer movement marks that date every year as a means of raising global awareness about consumer rights.
The first World Consumer Rights Day was observed in the year 1983.