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World Consumer Day

  • 20 Mar 2020
  • 2 min read

Why in News

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs observed the World Consumer Day (15th March) by organizing a webinar on, ‘The Sustainable Consumer’.

  • Every year 15th March is celebrated as World Consumer Rights Day.
  • However, India celebrates 24th December as National Consumer Day every year.
    • On this day the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the President and came into effect.
  • The webinar was organized in place of a physical event to maintain social distancing in the wake of COVID19 pandemic.

Key Points

  • Theme:
    • The theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2020 is ‘The Sustainable Consumer’.
    • The theme aims to focus on the need for sustainable consumption globally, as well as highlighting the important role that consumer rights and protection can play.
  • Objectives:
    • It signifies solidarity in the international consumer movement, demanding that consumer rights are to be respected and protected.
    • The event also gives a chance to protest against the market abuses and social injustices which undermine those rights.
  • Background:
    • World Consumer Rights Day was inspired by US President John F Kennedy, who sent a special message to the US Congress on 15th March 1962, in which he formally addressed the issue of consumer rights. He was the first world leader to do so.
    • The consumer movement first marked that date in 1983 and now uses the day every year to mobilise action on important issues and campaigns.


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