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PM to talk with tribal couple on Republic Day

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New Delhi: Dhabalu Sisa and his wife Samari, a tribal couple from the Odisha, are overwhelmed after they were invited to attend the Republic day function and talk to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The couple wants to take the opportunity to talk about some serious things to the PM and the President.

Following the invitation, their native villages are in a festive mode. The people of the village are overawed that someone from their remote village got an opportunity. Notably, the village is not well connected with the outside world owing to the primitiveness.

Dhabalu said that during his meeting with the PM,  he would try to bring up various issues including lack of roads and other amenities in their area. He said that he had never dreamt of this situation coming. State Chief Naveen Patnaik will also meet the couple on 21 January.

State Chief Naveen Patnaik will also meet the couple on 21 January.

The tribe, still living the life old ways, is unaffected with the arrival of the new technologies.

This is indeed a fine initiative by PM Modi to call tribals and meet him as these people mostly get ignored by the government and it’s developmental.

The lack of communication between the tribal people and the mainstream society led to to trouble in the past.

Through this meeting, the Modi government can encourage other tribes and societies that are left behind to come forward and express their agendas.

Dhabalu and his wife are geared up for the meeting which they aim to utilize for highlighting the problems plaguing their lives. (Inputs from agencies)

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PM Narendra Modi: Government bringing Stringent Consumer Protection Law

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a speech. IANS

New Delhi, October 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government was in the process of enacting stringent legislation aimed at protecting consumers along with setting up a Consumer Protection Authority (CPA).

“Consumers’ protection is this government’s priority. We are in the process to bring a new law on consumer protection keeping in mind the need of the country and business practices here,” Modi said at an International Conference on Consumer Protection for East, South and South-East Asian Countries.

“We are in the process of forming a Consumer Protection Authority, which will have executive powers, for immediate redressal.”

The rules were being streamlined to solve consumer problems in less time and at less cost, he added.

“The stress is being given on consumer empowerment. Strict provisions are being contemplated against misleading advertisements,” Modi said.

He said India was among the few countries which had enacted a law a year after the UN adopted guidelines on consumer protection in 1986.

The Prime Minister also said the prices of commodities were set to go down and consumer protection for their interest effects due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Due to the GST, the competition among companies was going to increase. So prices will go down. It will help consumers from lower middle class and poor sections,” Modi said.

“Earlier, transportation by trucks would take five days but it has come down to just three three days now as checkposts on borders have vanished after the GST. It means transportation cost has gone down. This is going to be transferred to consumers,”

Taking a dig at those opposed to the GST, he said: “Some people may be taking advantage of the lack of awareness. However, the benefits will be transferred (to consumers) in days to come.”

Talking about the conference, Modi said: “It shows how seriously we take the needs of our citizens and how we strive hard to solve their problems”.

“It is the first conference in the region, where everyone is trying in their own ways to save the interest of consumers. However, we have to keep in mind that the world is going towards a single market,” Modi said.(IANS)

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