By: Sanjenbam Jugeshwor Singh
Among all living components on this Earth, only we human being are consumer not producer. We human being consumes the products produced by other fellow components on this mother Earth. Though we learnt so many things from our fellow components about consumerism, making so many rules and regulations about consumers right etcbut who is taking care of consumers right in spite of being inked in the Constitution of India which were framed by our Godfathers or copy paste from our colonial masters? Let’s see few incidents taken place in very recent time in our state about the fate and fiasco of consumers. It was brought in media discussion in one of the local TV channel about the Medical clinical result for a particular person from two different clinical labs ,which were totally different as the person reported. The authorities of these two labs claimed that their result were very accurate and correct. Isn’t wonderful that for a particular person ,clinical result given by the two labs (sample taken within a period of half an hour) different? Then result from which lab is to be believed ? Isn’t a serious case in public health? Or shall we remain silent ? Who cares the prices of essential commodities in the Market? Who fixed the prices of these commodities? If Im not mistaken, the prices are being fixed by the traders or individual shopkeepers as they wish. We public also never cared about the MRP written on the packets, whatever the shopkeeper says, we simply pay and never see the date of manufactured, expiry date etc.In very recent time the prices of potatoes, onion ,eggs etc changes every day, why and how nobody cares .It is also reported that actual price of an injection for heart attack is between Rs700 to Rs 900/-but in MRP it is Rs9000/,the cost of medicine of a typhoid patient is about Rs25/in wholesale price but in Hospital it’s Rs53/,the cost of injection after dialysis for a kidney patient is about Rs1800/ but never found in pharmacy or wholesaler, it’s found only with the Doctors though actual price is Rs500/ and many others such are happening in Hospitals. What about the cost of clinical tests like MRI, Ultra sound, CT-scan etc in the clinical labs outside the Hospital? Who is looking after all these malpractices which forfeit the right of consumers?
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.