World Consumer Rights Day is being observed on 15 March 2017. The theme of the day for the year 2017 is 'Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust’.
The day is observed with an aim to raise awareness about the basic rights of consumers. The participants of the occasion demand that basic rights of the consumers should be respected and protected. They also protest against the market abuses and social injustices which undermine the rights of the consumer.
How will the day be celebrated in India?
On this occasion of the Consumer Rights Day, several functions are being organised across India. Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan will also preside over a function in New Delhi. In India, besides the World Consumer Rights Day, we observe the National Consumer Day on 24 December.
World Consumer Rights Day History
On this day in 1962, President John F Kennedy formally addressed the issue of consumer rights in US congress. He was the first world leader to do so, and the consumer movement now marks that date every year as a means of raising global awareness about consumer rights.
The first World Consumer Rights Day was observed on 1983 and since then it became an important occasion for mobilising citizen action.