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|Take the Covid vaccine, safeguard
yourself, and help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
Third Phase of Covid-19 vaccination
is in progress, to cover all those who are above 18 years of age. Getting
vaccinated is quite easy and will help to fight the Covid effectively.
Government and Private Hospitals across the country are engaged in this vaccination
drive. While it is administered “Free of Cost”, in the Government
Hospitals, Private Hospitals have been authorised to collect a fee.
Each individual will be administered two doses of the vaccine, 28 days apart
(It has been advised, that those administered with Covishield vaccine, should
take the 2nd dose, between 12-16 weeks after the first dose, as a delayed
vaccination is found to be found to be more effective.) Individuals
do not have choice for the brand (Covishield or Covaxin). The second
phase vaccination started on the 1st March, after covering front line workers,
including the health professionals. In all, already nearly 52 crore
(0.52 billion) individuals have been administered this vaccine. The
vaccine is quite safe and everyone, should volunteer to register themselves
and help themselves and the country to fight the contagious Covid disease.
I had the first dose of the vaccine administered on 1st March itself and
the second dose on 10th April, as per the earlier guidelines of 6-8 weeks
Steps to Register or Book an Appointment of COVID–19 Vaccine.
• First of all, interested citizens need to visit the
official portal i.e., https://www.cowin.gov.in
• Click the link for registration online.
• Enter a valid mobile number for registration.
• An OTP is sent to your registered mobile number.
• Enter OTP for further processing and click on the
• You will now be directed to the vaccine registration
• There you need to choose a photo ID proof.
• Enter Name, Age, Gender, and upload the required ID
• After that, a question comes on the page that you
have any combination, which can be answered by clicking Yes or No.
• After entering all the details, click on the Register
• After being successfully registered on the website,
the account data will be shown on the screen.
• Click on Book for Appointment for vaccination.
• You can choose the vaccination Centre state-wise,
district-wise, block-wise, or Postal pin-wise.
• Check the centre details, dates, and availability
on the screen, and choose.
• After the registration process is complete, a message
will be received on the registered mobile number.
• You can visit the Centre/Hospital, on that date and
• After the first Dose registration, the second phase
of the vaccine will be done automatically.
Registration can also be done through the Arogya
Setu Mobile App. Please note that other than the authorised Centres,
no one else can administer you the vaccine. Further, the vaccine is
not made available in the medical shops.
is the Chief Mentor, Consumer Protection Council, Rourkela.
Consumers will be
better protected - Narendra Modi
Employees are entitled to benefit of two years weightage
under the EPS
- Justice is not Supreme
Supreme Court fails
to uphold the law
Some suggestions to Chief Justice of India - Is it
that the Laws &
Rules need to remain only on paper?
Amendments to Consumer
A big question
mark about the relevance
of the judiciary in safeguarding the consumer
In India, consumers have been at the receiving end
since long. One
thought that things will change for the
better after the Consumer Protection Act was enacted
in 1986 and a structured approach was adopted to
promote and safeguard the interests of the consumers.
But after 2004, things have gone from bad to
worse. Commencing from the castration of the
Central Consumer Protection Council, the relevance of
the consumer Act itself has been brought into question.
If the government is found wanting and none too
serious to strengthen this voluntary initiative of the
individuals to do their bit for a healthy society, which in
any case is bound to benefit the industry, its competitiveness
and the country as a whole, myopic approach only appear to
rule the roost, as on date.
which were brought in 2003 to the Consumer
Protection Act, with a clear objective of
penalising Unfair Trade Practices and to compensate
the consumer/litigant adequately have been
frustrated by the indifferent approach of the National
Commission as well as the Supreme Court. That
is why, giving the benefit of doubt to the bench which
did not do justice to the issues placed before it by
Consumer Protection Council, Rourkela, and to take the
issues pursued by it to the logical end, Curative Petition
was filed. The GROUNDS
the denial of “Natural Justice”
to the Petitioner Council and the failure of the
Court in addressing the issues raised in the “Appeal”.
Rupa Ashok Hurra
case specifically has laid “Violation of
Principles of Natural justice” as the valid ground
for considering a Curative Petition. Question
is whether a narrow view of non-issue of notice alone
should be taken as the requisite ground for allowing
the Appeal or blatant denial to consider the Grounds
of Appeal by the concerned bench should be treated alike,
in the larger interests of justice? If this
anomaly is not addressed, Curative Petitions
will only be found useful when the media start highlighting
an issue, like the LGBT case – leading to the strength
of the population deciding the outcome of the Curative
Petition. This does not augur well for a civilized
of Gujarat & Rajasthan High Courts,
Sri M.R.Calla, and designated Sr. Advocate
of the Supreme Court had unequivocally advocated
for allowing the Curative Petition of the Council,
out the gross miscarriage
of justice and denial of natural justice.
But that has not appealed to the Supreme
Court bench headed by the CJI, who have
the Curative Petition,
as per the Order made available on the
Something needs to
be done to address and to save the people
from this hyper-technical approach of the Supreme
Court and to promote the consumer movement,
which is after all in the best interests of the nation.
Will Shri Narendra Modi and his government do
something to stem this rot?
How can the Supreme
Court pass an irrelevant order?
is your right'
Fleece the consumer
and go scot-free
Finish the consumer movement?
A consumer organisation
with a difference.
Instead of rendering advisory
services alone, the Council since its inception,
in 1985, has been taking up issues affecting
them through the consumer courts and other means
and feels proud to have provided relief to crores of people.
not be an exaggeration to add that its activities
have added to the confidence of the Rourkela
population, against unethical business practices.
- Remedial action against
short filling of LPG in cooking
gas refills; of the 184 LPG Bottling Plants, of
the three Oil Marketing Companies (IOC, BP &
HP), only 4 remain to be automated. Even these
will be modernised within the next financial year 2013-14).
The quantified loss of nearly Rs. 750 crores per
year to the consumers across the country has been
taken care by this upgradation. Thanks to
the Council's Original Petition initiatied in 2001,
before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission
- Won an important case
against the Rourkela Development Authority
and secured financial relief for a group of individuals,
against violation of Plan & Specifications
in the construction of the houses and delay
in handing over the possession.
- Obtained a separate District
Forum for Rourkela, though
it is not the district headquarters, which
otherwise necessitated the entire Rourkela population
to approach the Forum, situated at Sundergarh,
a place 100 km away;
- Re-routing of Dhanbad-Alleppey
Express train through Chennai
- Campaigned against non
transferring of excise duty concessions (to
the consumers) extended by the union government
to the industry;
- Better upkeep of the railway
coaches of Utkal Kalinga Express
and other trains;
- Reintroduction AC Chair
Car in Ispat Express;
- Refunding of booking advance
by M/s APSL and M/s LML; and
The fifth Voluntary
Consumer Organisation in the country to
have set up a Consumer Information
Centre, with the support of Ministry
of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution,
Govt. of India. Has earned a niche for creating
consumer awareness and handling
of individual as well as group/class
grievances. It is bringing out an
English monthly Advantage Consumer,
to educate the consumers. It is represented in
various Advisory bodies.
An Aware Consumer is
an Asset to the Nation
Through this site effort
will be made to disseminate all relevant
information and answers to many of the queries
which are frequently asked. Knowledge is power
and ignorance is the root cause of all exploitation.
As a consumer, we hope you will find the site
quite useful. Since ours is a voluntary organisation
with meagre resources we have designed the site on our
own and are sure there will be lot of scope to improve.
As such we invite the public and the visitors to this
site to communicate their valuable feedback, so that we may
improve the contents of this site.
Lots & Lots of information in store
for you to tap, in the
Information Section. Why wait to
click on Information.
If you are keen to support the Council, you may send in
your donations through
crossed Cheques/Demand Drafts, drawn in
favour of "Consumer Protection Council, Rourkela".
All donations to the Council are exempted
under sec. 80G of the Income Tax Act. The Council is also
registered under the FCRA (Foreign Contribution