IIPAs role sought for consumer welfare

New Delhi, Dec 24 | Updated: Dec 25 2004, 05:30am hrs
Food and agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has asked the Delhi-based Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) to act as a consultant to the department of consumer affairs for three years in the area of consumer protection and consumer welfare.

This appointment of IIPA is under the scheme of the department to encourage involvement of research institutions, universities, colleges in promoting consumer welfare.

Financial grants for the implementation of the scheme are provided from the Consumer Welfare Fund being operated in the department.

As a consultant, IIPA would evaluate proposals received by the department for sanction of funds under the new scheme for universities and colleges for organising consumer-related activities, recommend for sanction proposals for research or evaluation studies and publish results of research and evaluation studies conducted as per the above norms in the form of books, monographs, pamphlets.

IIPA is also to sponsor and organise seminars, workshops or conferences on consumer-related issues at national and regional levels.

However, the functioning of IIPA under this consultancy award would be on a recommendation of a monitoring committee to be constituted in the department for this purpose.

An amount of Rs 9.01 million has been sanctioned as consultancy charges for the first year commencing from 2004-2005.

An amount of Rs 9 million will also be released to Indian Institute of Public Administration in installments based on the number of the proposals approved by the evaluation committee from time to time.