Monday, January 16, 2012

Amendment to consumer protection act 1986

Government  has introduced consumer protection (amendment) bill, 2011 in the last loksabha session in December 2011 which will introduce many features to smoother implementation of the act.


Amendments proposed provide for the following-
 
On line filing of consumer complaints
 
Making provision for registering complaint by electronic form (on line filing complaint)- Since the Consumer Forums are being computerized it is proposed to make provision in the law to permit consumers to file complaints as well as pay fee online, which would make the consumer for a move towards e-governance/ time bound redressal.
 
Enforcement of orders as a Decree of Civil Court
 
Making provision that an order of the District Forum / State Commission/ National Commission will be enforced as a Decree of a Civil Court- This modification is considered essential in view of the experiences gained during implementation of the amended Act and is intended to deter willful offenders and also to ensure speedy and proper execution of the order of the consumer forums, so that justice to the aggrieved consumers is not frustrated.
 
Payment to be made for non-compliance of the order
 
Making provision for payment by every person for not complying of the order of District Forum / State Commission / National Commission of an amount of not less than Rs.500 or 1½ per cent of the value of the amount awarded- whichever is higher, for each day of delay of such non-compliance of the order. This modification is considered essential in view of the experiences gained during implementation of the amended Act and is intended to deter willful offenders and also to ensure speedy and proper execution of the orders of the consumer forums, so that justice to the aggrieved consumers is not frustrated.
 
Powers to District Forum
 
Empowering District Forum to function in any other place apart from District HQrs, in consultation with State Government / State Commission - This provision is considered necessary to allow State Governments the flexibility to club neighboring Districts Forum as also give additional charge to President/Members to hear cases in more than one District Forum so as to effectively deal with the non-functionality of Districts Forum caused due to vacancy of President/Member.
 
Conferring powers to District Forum to issue order to the opposite party to pay reasonable rate of interest on such price or charges as may be decided by the District Forum- This provision is considered necessary to empower the consumer forum to award interest where the consumer has suffered due to protracted litigation.
 
Powers to State Government in selection process
 
Empowering State Government to refer back the recommendation of the Selection Committee for making fresh recommendation in order to avoid any delay in the Selection process- This is felt necessary to facilitate quicker filling up of the posts in the Consumer Forums and to avoid the consumer Forum remaining non-functional for long due to such vacancy thereby adversely affecting consumers’ interest.
 
Increase of age in the appointment
 
Increasing the minimum age for appointment as Member in the case of State Commissions from 35 to 45 years, and in case of National Commission from 35 to 55 years- This is proposed to improve the quality of persons applying for these posts.
 
Experience for members
 
Increasing the period of experience for appointment as Member in the case of State Commission from 10 years to 20 years and in the case of National Commission from 10 years to 30 years-This is proposed in order to improve the quality of persons applying for these posts.
 
Powers to National Commission / State Commission to direct any one to assist the case
 
Conferring powers to National Commission / State Commission to direct any individual or organization or expert to assist National Commission / State Commission in the cases of large interest of the consumers- This provision would enable the National Commission or the State Commission, in cases involving the larger interests of the consumers, an opportunity to suo moto enlist the services of an expert or an outside party, in an ongoing case, in the interest of justice.
 
Monitoring system of pending cases
 
Conferring powers to Central Government to call upon periodical reports of pending cases from National Commission and to State Government from State Commission or any District Forum- The provision is considered necessary to enable easy availability of data regarding filing and disposal of consumer complaints, which would help in monitoring the functioning of the consumer for a and effectiveness of the law.
 
The above said amendments proposed in the Act will go a long way in speedy redressal of Consumer grievances and sturdy protection of Consumer rights.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

LIST OF ORISSA ACTS AND REGULATIONS 1937-2005

1937
1
The Orissa General Clauses Act, 1937
1938
1
The Bihar and Orissa Public Safety (Orissa Repeal) Act, 1938


7
The Orissa Nurses and Midwives Registration Act, 1938

1939
3
The Orissa Money Lenders  Act,1939

1944
5
The Hindu Women’s Right to Property(Extension to Agriculture land in Orissa) Act,1944


12
The Orissa Legislative Assembly Salaries and Allowances Temporary Repeal Act,1944

1946
5
The Orissa Entertainment Tax Act,1946


6
The Orissa  Drug Advertisement Control Act,1946


7
The Orissa Military Police Act,1946
1947
8
The Orissa Preservation of Private Forest Act,1947
 

16
The Orissa Opium Smoking Act, 1947


26
The Orissa Court of Wards Act, 1947


30
The Ganjam Small Holders Relief Act, 1947

1948
1
The Orissa Communal Forest and Private Lands (Prohibition of Alienation)Act, 1948


5
The Orissa Local Fund Audit Act, 1948


9
The Orissa Repealing Act, 1948


10
The Orissa Compulsory Labour Act, 1948

1949
4
The Orissa Local Authorities Census Expenses Contribution Act, 1949


7
The Orissa Mohammedan Marriage and Divorces Registration Act, 1949


8
The Orissa Animal Contagious Disease Act, 1949

1950
4
The Orissa Merged State’s (Laws) Act, 1950


5
The Orissa Drugs (Control) Act, 1950


23
The Orissa Municipal Act, 1950

1951
10
The Orissa Government Lands Bar to Acquisition of the
Right of Occupancy Act, 1950


13
The Orissa Public Embankment Construction and
Improvement Act, 1950


18
The Orissa Basic Education Act, 1951


23
The Orissa Board of Revenue Act, 1951


25
The Merged Territories Petition Writers Continuance of
Licenses Act, 1951


26
The Orissa (Sub-ordinate Judges and Munsifs Proceedings
 in Merged Territories) Validation Act, 1951


33
The Orissa Expiring Laws Continuance Act, 1951

1952
1
The Orissa Estates Abolition Act, 1951


2
The Orissa Hindu Religious Endowments Act, 1951


14
The Puri Shri Jagannath Temple (Administration) Act, 1952


20
The Orissa Ministers Salaries and Allowances Act, 1952


24
The Orissa Restriction of Habitual Offenders Act, 1952

1953
10
The Orissa Secondary Education Act, 1952


11
The Orissa Evacuee Interest (Separation) Supplementary Act, 1953

1954
2
The Orissa Cinemas (Regulation) Act, 1954


14
The Orissa Official Language Act, 1954



5
The Orissa District Board and Local Board
 (Control and Management) Act, 1954


16
The Orissa Disciplinary Proceeding (Summoning of Witnesses
and Production of Documents) Act, 1954


19
The Orissa Legislative Assembly Members’ Salary,
 Allowances and Pension Act, 1954

1955
7
The Orissa Essential Articles Control and Requisition
(Temporary Powers) Act, 1955


11
Sri Jagannath Temple Act, 1954


17
The Orissa Prevention of Gambling Act, 1955

1956
2
The Orissa Betterment Charges Act, 1956


3
The Orissa Khadi and Village Industries Board Act, 1956


4
The Anchal Sasan Act, 1956


7
The Ganjam-Koraput Survey—Record-of Rights and Settlement
 Operation Validation Act, 1956


19
The Orissa Merged Territories Petition Writer’s Continuance 
of Licenses Act, 1956


30
The Orissa Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1956

1957
3
The Orissa Agricultural Produce Markets Act, 1956


4
The Orissa Warehouse Act, 1956


8
The Orissa Homeopathic Act, 1956


9
The Orissa Prohibition Act, 1956


10
The Orissa Town Planning and Improvement Trust Act, 1956


19
The Orissa Revenue Divisional Commissioner Act, 1957


22
The Orissa Aerial Ropeways Act, 1957

1958
10
The Orissa Live-Stock Improvement Act, 1957


13
The Orissa Private Lands of Rulers (Assessment of Rent) Act, 1958



20
The Orissa Weights and Measures (Enforcement) Act, 1958


30
The Orissa Fire Works and Loud Speakers (Regulation) Act, 1958

1959
3
The Orissa Survey and Settlement Act,1958


14
The Orissa Irrigation Act, 1959


24
The Orissa Sugarcane Cess Act, 1959


25
The Orissa Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker’s Salary
and Allowances Act, 1959

1960
5
The Orissa ( Non-Trading) Companies Act, 1959


13
The Orissa Vaccination Act, 1960


14
The Orissa Ayurvedic Medicine Act, 1960


15
The Orissa Legislative Assembly Proceedings
(Protection of Publication) Act, 1960


16
The Orissa Land Reforms Act, 1960


24
The Orissa Legislative Assembly Speaker’s Salary and
Allowances Act, 1960

1961
5
The Orissa Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1960


7
The Orissa Sales Tax Validation Act, 1961
 

10
The Orissa Hydro-Electric Projects and Flood Control
 Works (Survey) Act, 1961


14
The Orissa Electricity  (Duty) Act, 1961


18
The Orissa Medical Registration Act, 1961


21
The Orissa Prohibition of Smokings (in Show Houses ) Act, 1961


22
The Orissa Home Guards Act, 1961


26
The Orissa Offices of Profit (Removal of Disqualifications) Act, 1961


28
The Orissa Kendu Leaves (Control of Trade) Act, 1961

1962
1
The Orissa Goshala Act, 1961


2
The Orissa Cess Act, 1962


12
The Orissa Hereditary Village Officers (Abolition) Act, 1962


14
The Orissa Dramatic Performance Act, 1962


15
The Orissa Re-Enacting Act, 1962


18
The Orissa Taxation (on Goods Carried by Road and Inland
Water Ways) Validation Act, 1962


20
The Orissa Requisition and Acquisition
of Immovable Property Act, 1962


30
The Orissa Port Trust Act, 1962


33
The Orissa Government Land Settlement Act, 1962

1963
1
The Orissa Public Demands Recovery Act, 1962


2
The Orissa Co-operative Societies Act, 1962


6
The National Defence Fund (Orissa Amendment) Act, 1963


7
The Orissa Local Bodies (Suspension of Elections) (Repeal) Act, 1963


10
The Orissa Merged Territories (Village Offices Abolition) Act, 1963


22
The Orissa Revenue Administration (Units) Act, 1963


24
The Orissa Agricultural Year Act, 1963

1964
3
The Orissa Offices of Village Police (Abolition) Act, 1964


8
The Orissa Express Highway Act, 1964


10
The Orissa Vesting of Properties (in Grama Sasans) Act, 1964


16
The Orissa Gift Goods (Unlawful Possession )Act, 1964

1965
1
The Orissa Grama Panchayats Act, 1964


17
The Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology Act, 1965

1966
4
The Orissa Soil Conservation Act, 1966

1967
1
The Orissa Industrial Housing Act, 1966


17
The Orissa Grama Rakshi Act, 1967


18
The Orissa Contingency Fund Act, 1967

1968
2
The Orissa Freedom of Religion Act, 1967



8
The Orissa Taxation ( on Goods  carried by Roads or Inland water ways) Act, 1968


11
The Orissa Housing Board Act, 1968

1969
15
The Orissa Education Act, 1969


22
The Orissa Industrial Establishments ( National and Festival )
Holidays Act, 1969

1970
1
The Ganjam and Boudh (Village Offices Abolition) Act, 1969


3
The Orissa Veterinary Practitioners Act, 1969


4
The Orissa Preventive Detention Act, 1970


8
The Director of Municipal Administration ( Orissa)
 Exercise of Jurisdiction Validation Act, 1970


31
The Orissa Land Revenue ( Abolition) Act, 1970

1971
2
The Orissa Bhoodan and Gramadan Act, 1970

1972
6
The Orissa Prevention of Land Encroachment Act, 1972


7
The Orissa Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1972


8
The Sambalpur University Validation Act, 1972


14
The Orissa Forest Act, 1972


16
The Orissa Prohibition of Alienation of Land Act, 1972


21
The Orissa Consolidation of Holdings and Prevention of Fragmentation of Land Act, 1972

1975
7
The Utkal University (Taking over of management) Act, 1975


13
The Orissa Re-enacting Act, 1974


16
The Orissa Agricultural Laws Repealing Act, 1975


17
The Railways Protection (Orissa Repealing ) Act, 1975


18
The Orissa Educational Laws Repeal Act, 1975


31
The Orissa Municipal (Validation of Holdings ) Validation Act, 1975


34
The Orissa Medical Laws (Repeal) Act, 1975


38
The Orissa Reservation of Vacancies in Posts and Services ( for Schedule Castes and  Scheduled Tribes ) Act, 1975


39
The Orissa Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1975


42
The Orissa Dadan Labour Control and Regulation Act, 1975


43
The Orissa Agricultural Credit Operations and Miscellaneous Provisions (Bank) Act, 1975


46
The Orissa Anatomy Act, 1975


57
The Orissa Village Administration Laws Repealing Act, 1975

1976
21
The Orissa Repealing Act, 1976


28
The Orissa Maternity Benefit Laws Repealing Act, 1975


40
The Orissa Rent-Suits (Validation) Act, 1976


45
The Talacher Municipality (Validation) Act, 1976


47
The Madras Cotton Control ( Orissa Repealing)  Act, 1976

1977
9
The Orissa Panchayat Samiti (Re-election of office bearers) Act, 1976


10
The Orissa Motor Spirit (Taxation on Sales) Repeal Act, 1977


11
The Orissa Municipal Councils Reduction of Term of Office) Act, 1977

1978
6
The Orissa Land Revenue ( Abolition) Act, 1978


14
The Orissa Aided Educational Institutions (Appointment of Teachers) Validation Act,1978


24
The Orissa University (Validation and Miscellaneous Provisions ) Act, 1978


32
The Orissa State Aid to Industries Act, 1978

1979
10
The Orissa Cattle and Poultry Feeds (Regulation) Act, 1979


16
The Orissa Escheats Act, 1979


19
The Orissa Educational Institution (Supersession of Managing Committees) Validation Act, 1979


20
The Orissa Agricultural Income Tax Laws (Repealing) Act, 1979


24
The Orissa Sales Tax (Amendment and Validation) Act, 1979


29
The  Bolangir Municipal Council (Validation of Election ) Act, 1979

1980
12
The Orissa State Transport Undertakings (Prevention of Ticketless) Travels (Repeal) Act, 1980

1981
1
The Orissa Industrial Infrastructure  Development Corporation Act, 1981


5
The Orissa Debt Relief  Act, 1981


9
The Orissa Panchayat Samiti (Re-election of Office Bearers) Act, 1981


10
The Orissa Grama Panchayats (Reduction of Term of Office Bearers) Act, 1981


11
The Orissa Panchayat Samiti Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1981


22
The Orissa Forest Produce (Control of Trade) Act, 1981


27
The Orissa Aided Educational Institutions ( Appointment of Teachers Validation ) Act, 1981

1982
6
The Orissa Subordinate Education Service  (Validation of Appointment) Act, 1982


10
The Orissa Marine Fishing Regulation Act, 1981


11
The Orissa Registration  of Documents Validation Act, 1982


14
The Orissa Development Authorities Act, 1982


19
The Orissa Higher  Secondary Education Act, 1982


24
The Orissa Children Act, 1981

1983
18
The Orissa Protection of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Interest in Trees) Act, 1981



27
The Orissa Textiles Mills Limited (Acquisition of Transfer of Shares ) Act, 1983

1984
1
The Orissa Apartment Ownership Act, 1982


3
The Orissa Relief Undertakings (Special Provisions) Act, 1984


11
The Orissa Requisitioning of Omnibuses Act, 1984


14
The Orissa Settlement and Consolidation Service (Appointment of Officers Validation) Act, 1984


18
The Orissa Civil Court Act, 1984

1985
13
The Orissa Eyes (Authority for use for therapeutic purpose) Act, 1985

1986
4
The Bhaskar Textile Mills (Acquisition and Transfer) Act, 1986


5
The Orissa Requisitioning of Goods Vehicles Act, 1986

1987
8
The Orissa Administrative Service Class II (Appointment of Officers Validation) Act, 1986


18
The Orissa Advocate’s Welfare Fund Act, 1987

1988
2
The Orissa Conduct of Examinations Act, 1988


7
The Bolangir Notified Area Council (Extension of Term of Office and Validation ) Act, 1988


17
The Orissa Medical Education Service (Validation of gradation list of Junior Teachers) Act, 1988

1989
5
The Orissa Universities Act, 1989


9
The Orissa Aided Educational  Institutions (Appointment of Teachers Validation) Act, 1989


11
The Orissa Electric Supply (Line Materials unlawful Possession) Act, 1989


23
The Orissa Minerals (Prevention of Theft, Smuggling  and other Unlawful Activities) Act, 1988

1990
6
The Orissa Panchayat Samitis (Postponement of Election) Act, 1990


7
The Orissa Grama Panchayats (Postponement of Election) Act, 1990


12
The Balugaon Notified Area Council (Extension of Term of Office and Validation Act, 1990


13
The Orissa Municipal Council (Reduction of Term of Office) Act, 1990


19
The Orissa Additional  Sales Tax Repealing Act, 1990

1991
14
The Orissa Notified Area Council (Extension of Term of Office and Validation) Act, 1991



15
The Orissa Municipal Councils (Postponement of Election ) Act, 1991


17
The Orissa Zilla Parishad Act, 1991


24
The Nalini Devi Women’s College of Education (Taking over of Management) Act, 1991


27
The Orissa Saw Mills and Saw Pits (Control) Act, 1990

1992
8
The Orissa Clinical Establishments ( Control and  Regulation) Act, 1990


9
The Orissa Essential Services (Maintenance) Act, 1988


13
The Orissa Transport Vehicles (Levy of Toll) Act, 1992


21
The Orissa Irrigation (Validation) Act, 1992


33
The Orissa Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Repel) Act, 1992

1993
1
The Orissa Aided Educational Institutions( Appointment of Hindi Teachers Validation) Act, 1992


10
The Orissa Medical Services (Appointment of Asst. Surgeons) Validation Act, 1993


11
The Orissa Medical Education Service (Appointment of Junior Teachers) Validation Act, 1993


16
The Orissa State Commission of Backward Classes Act, 1993


18
The Orissa Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Communal    Offenders Act, 1993


28
The Orissa Panchayati  Raj Finance Commission (Miscellaneous  Provisions) Act, 1993


30
The Orissa Fire Service Act, 1993

1994
14
The Orissa Sports Authorities Act, 1994


15
The Orissa Development of Industries , Irrigation, Agriculture , Capital Construction and Resettlement of Displaced Person (Land Acquisition) Repeal Act, 1994


19
The Orissa State Commission for Women Act, 1993


24
The Employee’s State Insurance Medical Service (Validation of Appointment) Act, 1994

1995
2
The Orissa Service of Engineers (Validation of Appointment) Act, 1994


7
The Talacher Thermal Power Station(Acquisition and Transfer ) Act, 1994


8
The Orissa Lokpal and Lokayuktas  Act, 1995


10
The Orissa Special Courts (Repeal and Special Provisions) Act, 1995


11
The Orissa Luxury Tax Act, 1995

1996
2
The Orissa Electricity Reform Act, 1995


4
The Orissa Homoeopathic Medical Teaching Service (Appointment of Lecturer Validation) Act, 1995

1997
3
The Panchagada Ananga Narendra School of Education(Taking over of management) Act, 1997

1998
8
The Orissa District Planning Committees Act, 1998


14
The Orissa Aided Educational Institutions( Appointment of lecturers Validation) Act, 1998

1999
9
The Orissa Utkal University  of Culture Act, 1999


11
The Orissa Entry Tax Act, 1999

2000
2
The Orissa Fruit Nurseries (Regulation) Act, 1997


7
The Orissa State Tax on Professions, Trades, Callings and Employments Act, 2000


10
The Western Orissa Development Council Act, 2000

2002
1
The Orissa Service of Engineers (Validation of Appointment) Act, 2001


3
The Orissa Public Libraries Act, 2001


4
The Orissa Self-Help Co-Operatives Act, 2001


9
The Biju Patnaik University of  Technology Act, 2002


10
The Orissa Pani Panchayat Act, 2002
 
2003
9
The Orissa Service of Engineers ( Validation of Appointment) Act, 2002
 

11
The Orissa Municipal Corporation Act, 2003
 

18
The Orissa Forest Development ( Tax on Sale of Forest Produce by Government or Orissa Forest Development Corporation) Act, 2003
 

20
The Orissa Technical Education and Training Service (Validation of Appointment of Lecturers) Act, 2003

 

21
The Orissa Mining and Geology Service (Validation of Appointment) Act, 2003

2004
14
The Orissa Industries (Facilitation ) Act, 2004
 
2005
2
The Orissa Rural Infrastructure and Socio-economic Development Act, 2005
 

4
The Orissa Value Added Tax Act, 2004
 

6
The Orissa Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2005
 

8
The Ravenshaw University Act, 2005.
 

 

ORISSA REGULATIONS
1936
1
The Orissa Laws Regulation, 1936
 

3
The Orissa Consolidation of Appeal Regulations, 1936
 

4
The Kandhamals Laws Regulations, 1936
 

12
The Orissa (Patna High Court’s Jurisdiction) Regulations, 1936
 
1937
11
The Orissa Ports Regulations
 

12
The Orissa Famine Relief Fund Regulations
 

14
The Orissa Christian Marriages Validation Regulations
 
1941
1
The Orissa Income Tax 1st Validating Regulation, 1941
 

2
The Orissa Income Tax 2nd  Validating Regulation, 1941
 

3
The Orissa Excess Profit Tax Validation Regulation, 1941
 

4
The Orissa Finance 1st Validating Regulation, 1941
 

5
The Orissa Finance 2nd   Validating Regulation, 1941
 

6
The Orissa Finance 3rd  Validating Regulation, 1941
 
1943
1
The Orissa Laws Validating Regulation, 1943
 

4
The Angul and Kandhamal Marriages Validating Regulation,1943
 

7
The Koraput Guardians and Wards Regulation, 1943
 
1947
3
The Koraput and Ganjam Agency Tracts State-aid to Industries Regulation
 
1948
1
The Orissa Debt Bondage Abolition Regulation, 1948
 

4
The Koraput and Ganjam Agency Tracts Agents to Governor (Regulation of Functions) Regulation, 1948
 

5
The Sambalpur Zaminidaries Provincial Insolvency Regulation, 1948
 
1949
1
The Koraput and Ganjam Agency Tract Acting Judge and Provincial Insolvency Regulation, 1949
 
1951
1
The Orissa Money Lenders ( Application of certain provisions) Regulation, 1950
 

2
The Koraput Ganjam Agency and Kandhamals Mining Settlements Regulations, 1951


5
The Koraput and Ganjam Agency Repealing and Extension of Laws Regulation, 1951
 
1952
2
The Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh Mining Settlement Regulations, 1951
 
1953
1
The Koraput and Ganjam Agency Legal Practitioners Regulation, 1953
 
1956
1
The Industrial Disputes (Banking and Insurance Companies (Scheduled Areas Regulation) Act , 1956
 

2
The Orissa Scheduled Areas Transfer of Immovable Property (By Scheduled Tribes ) Regulation,  1956
 
1963
1
The Orissa Schedule Areas Exercise of Criminal Powers
 Validation Regulation, 1963
 
1968
1
The Orissa (Scheduled Areas) Debt Relief Regulation , 1967
 

2
The Orissa (Schedule Area) Money Lender’s Regulation, 1967
 
 
1976
1
The Orissa Schedule Areas Transfer of Immovable Property ( By Scheduled Tribes ) Miscellaneous Provisions Regulations , 1976

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