Consumer Protection

Research Academy for Rural Enrichment (RARE) is working on consumer protection since its inception 1994.RARE is a founder member of Federation of Consumer Organisation,Odisha and Member of state Consumer Protection Council, Odisha  and member also the District Consumer Protection Council Subarnapur. 

Before the organization came into existence the founder of Organisation Sri Gourishyam Panda was involved in consumer protection activities since 1988. 

After formation of Organisation RARE in the year 1994  consumer protection is a core activities of the organization.  Within RARE we have a section dealing with consumer complaint and redressal system.  Through this RARE files cases in District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum (DCDRF), Subarnapur and the State Commission Cuttack for the consumer. 

Besides this, regular consumer awareness programme are organized in the rural area.  RARE is engaged in the Consumer Counseling center functioning in the DCDRF by the Department of Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, Govt of Odisha. 

The Founder member of RARE Mr. Gourishyam Panda is an Advocate and National level on Consumer Protection. He is one of the renowned Consumer protection Activist and Human Rights lawyers. Nationwide he has created more than thousand of change makers/followers such as Human Rights Defenders, Consumer protection activist, Disabled Development force and Change Maker to fight for the social justice. His commitment in the development sector has recognized him as a notable personality as the voices /mouth piece of the underprivileged section of the society in different fore. 

When the Consumer Protection Movement in India started after coming into operation of Consumer Protection Act 1986, the Consumer Protection Activist of the country gathered at Kochi in 1989 to form a national Federation in the name and style of Confederation of Indian Consumer Organisation.  Mr. Gourishyam Panda founder member of RARE was selected as the Vice president (East) to organize the consumer protection Organisation in Eastern India State like Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal and the north east.

Thereafter another apex body of the Consumer Organisation was formed namely Consumer Coordination Council and Mr. Gourishyam Panda was a member of Executive Council of Consumer Coordination Council (CCC) in the year 2000. 

Federation of Consumer Organisation of Odisha was formed in the year 1992-1993 and Mr. Gourishyam Panda was the founder General Secretary.  The Consumer movement in Odisha was in a peak climbing the Incumbency of Gourishyam Panda. 

 Gourishyam Panda attended the National Iodized Salt workshop in 2003-2004 organised by UNICEF at New Delhi and after the workshop we have conducted the Iodized Salt survey in Western Odisha.  He has also participated in another workshop on Nutrition at New Delhi in 2004 organised by Nutrition International and Consumer Coordination Council.