The Consumer Protection Bill, 2019 (“Bill”), which seeks to replace the long existing Consumer Protection Act of 1986 (“Old Act”), was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 30, 2019 and by the Rajya Sabha on August 06, 2019. The Bill received the assent of the President of India on August 09, 2019 as the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 (“Act”). The Act has focused on enforcing consumer rights along with timely and effective administration of consumer disputes.
As per Section 1(3) of the Act, the Act shall come into force on such date as the Central Government may, by notification, appoint. (It may be noted that as per Section 5 of the General Clauses Act, 1897, where any Central Act is not expressed to come into operation on a particular day, then it shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the assent of the President. Unless the contrary is expressed, a Central Act or Regulation shall be construed as coming into operation immediately on the expiration of the day preceding its commencement).
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