CONFET – Consumer Federation Tamilnadu
CONFET has been formed in 1992 and registered under the Societies Registration Act 1975. The focus of CONFET is creating awareness amongst all classes of consumers of their rights & duties
CONFET also protects the consumers by leading the affected consumers to legal fora. CONFET has a wide network of Consumer Councils spread over the length and breadth of the District. As on date the total Consumer Councils working with CONFET is 75.
CONFET has so far made it a sustained work to make legal interventions with regard to Consumer Disputes settlement. CONFET has filed before Consumer Fora about 900 cases since 1992. Public Interest litigations (PIL) have also been filed before the High Court, Chennai. That apart, many settlements between the affected consumers and the other side have been arrived at through alternate disputes redressal mechanism.
• Empower consumers.
• Promote self-sustenance of women.
• Work for safe environment for all.
• Create awareness, provide information, build capacity, train leadership, legal intervention, assure quality life …
• Impart training for generating economic resources and protect women from exploitation on the ground of gender…
• Protect all from pollution hazards emanating from chemical industries and other such industrial activities…
• Spread legal awareness to know their lawful rights over land, water and goods and services…
• Propose necessary amendments to Bills coming up before legislative bodies
CONFET is an umbrella organization consisting of likeminded non governmental and service movements working in various parts of Tamilnadu, with specific concentration in Cuddalore District with a network of many peoples from different walks of life.
The aforesaid units have come together with a definite goal for achieving a complete and comprehensive protection for Women development, Environment protection and Consumer awareness. The three units are organizations having legal status since they have been registered under the Societies Registration Act. CONFET has thus a common goal for socio, economic advancement and human rights protection.
Though CONFET is an ubmbrella organization of such likeminded units, the concept and concrete steps are designed and carried out by CONFET with a lead role. CONFET is the team head in implementing the programmes and policies of CONFET.
Registration Number : 65/1991
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CONFET has a broad team of Programme Executives with specific area of concentration. Hereunder is provided the Programme Executives :-
Vice Chairman N.Balki
General Secretary S. Martine
Chief Functionary & Executive Secretary M.Nizamudeen
Public Relation Officer S.Mathivanan
Training Director and Consultant C. A. Dass
Publications Advisor T. Devaraj
CONFET has a broad team of Programme working with specific area of concentration. Hereunder is provided the Programme staffs :-
Programme Co ordinator ( Health ) K. Thiruknavukkarasu
Programme Co ordinator (Environment) T. Arulselvam
Programme Co ordinator
(Consumer Information centre) N. Chandramala
Programme Co ordinator (Women) Meenatchi
Community Monitors (Environment) S.Pugazhendi
has been conducting sustained campaign about the rights of consumers, the duties of consumers, the responsibilities of traders and service providers towards the consumers. The campaign is carried forward through public meetings, rallys, street corner meetings, seminars, workshops.
Campaigning is also carried out against spurious goods, misleading advertisements, promotion of sales by offering freebies etc. Public Interest Litigations are also being filed against violaters. Whenever necessary publications are brought out in the form of handbills, booklets, training modules etc. The methods for redressing the grievances of the affected consumers are also focused in such campaigns.
CONFET is imparting training to consumer activists, lead organizations, Panchayat leaders, NGOs for preparing them to get readied for facing the challenges that they have come across. In particular Govt. Officials are also given training duly supported by Govt Departments.
The Women SHGs from the rural areas are also given training. School and College students are also brought under the training schedule. Especially the members of NSS, Rotaract and such other voluntary groups are brought under the training. During the training course materials are supplied to the participants. The Resource persons are drawn from the legal fraternity, educationists etc.
CONFET is giving special attention to the art of advocacy. The CONFET is collecting the proposed bills that may be presented in the legislating bodies and making propaganda on the merits, demerits, amendments needed to be incorporated in the proposed Acts.
The CONFET’s future plan of action centres around this concept. The traders and service providers are provided with materials and information for providing quality and standard goods and services to the consumers.
In this direction the help of the lawyers, experts in the respective fields are also availed. The Government agencies are also brought in this network so that they appreciate the petitions and representations of consumers. Efforts are also being made to include the Consumer activists in Statutory bodies.
CONFET is holding periodical workshops for the benefit of the consumers. In most cases the workshops run for a whole day. The participants are divided into small groups and consumer oriented topics and situations are assigned to the groups so that the participants come to know for themselves the real issue. Leaders are also selected by the group members and they present papers on the outcome of the deliberations. The participants are trained to document, to prepare, to draft, to argue and to follow the issues.
In short the capacity of the activists are enhanced. The are also taught to involve themselves to lobbying for the development of consumer movement.
CONFET further conducts seminars for consumer related groups, government agencies and the youth. Usually the seminar is divided into four sessions. Each session is presided over by a panel of members. The members present work papers, thematic papers on the problems and redressal available to them. At the closure of each panel presentations the house is open for interactions by member participants. Conclusions are drawn from the presentations and further action is followed by CONFET .
School ? College Consumer Clubs
CONFET has been tied up by the Government of Tamilnadu which is an agency of Government of India to open school consumer clubs. The CONFET is the Nodal Agency in Cuddalore District for such School and College Consumer Clubs. The assistance of the Education Authorities are taken. Under the directions Government the Consumer Club Coordinators from among the staff are appointed. Essay, quiz, singing, drawing competitions are held under the auspices of CONFET.
The members of the above clubs engage themselves in conducting surveys, in celebrating and bringing awareness during the important days notified by the UN.
Disaster Relief Works
CONFET also rises to occasions like natural disaster management and relief distribution works. When Tsunami hit the coastal areas of Southern India in Dec 2004, there was a huge loss of lives apart from damage to property. The members of CONFET made it a moment for service and helped the District Administration in removing human corpses and conducting mass burials. Also CONFET distributed with the help of other NGOs aid materials and livelihood support system in the form of fishing nuts, boats etc.
CONFET also engaged itself to conduct Legal aid camps to the benefit of surviving victims of Tsunami with a focus to get the proper and sufficient relief from the Government agencies.
Human Rights Centre – Training
CONFET is a nodal agency for running a Human Rights Centre. The centre is run under the support of Bless, a ruralization movement working at Cuddalore. The aim of this centre is to create awareness amongst people, especially women SHGs. marginalized groups etc. They are taught to know, document, advocate their grievances before the Human Rights Courts, Human Rights Commissions etc for appropriate relief. The different type of statutory Commissions available to Women, Children, SC/ST, BC members, Minorities are explained. The target groups are, Human Rights Defenders, Trade Union leaders, Women, NGOs, Panchayat and Village Leader, Police Authorities, Government officials, School and college Students.
The victims who approach the HRC is given correct and proper guidance, counselling and methods to approach the correct forum for relief. Further, the media reporting is made a complaint and forwarded to theGovt/Human Rights Commision etc for appropriate action.
CONFET is also running an Information Centre with the aid and support of Satyam Foundations, Chennai and Pepople’s Watch, Madurai, at Semmankuppam, Cuddalore District. The Centre works as a learning centre for the villagers and as an information centre for them to know about the weather conditions, monsoon arrivals, the probability of natural calamities, environmental monitoring etc. The Centre is manned by trained staff members. Computers teachers are also engaged to impart computer literacy. Another information centre is run with specifics on conumer rights and duties. It is functioning from 1997 and is funded by Government of Tamilnadu.
Co-ordination with Governments Agencies
CONFET is closely and efficiently working with Government departments especially Food, Consumer Protection and Civil supplies, Public Department, the Revenue Departments in carrying forward the message of consumer awareness and the reliefs available to them. With the aid and support of Govt Agencies training programmes are conducted periodically for the welfare of all sections of the society.
CONFET is also indulging itself in health care activities, Disease detection camps, eye ailment cure camps are also conducted. With the aid of the Govt of Tamilnadu, an ambulance service is run by CONFET. The base station is Bhuvanagiri in Cuddalore District. The ambulance with all emergent equipments is provided by the Govt, The staff wages is borne by the Govt. CONFET is a logistics supporter for providing the service to the public.
List of councils working in co-ordination with the Cuddalore District Consumer Protection Organization
? Cuddalore District Consumer Protection Organization – Cuddalore
? Cuddalore District Consumer Protection Organization – Cuddalore
? Cuddalore District Women Consumer Protection Organization – Cuddalore
? Nellikuppam Consumer Rights & Protection Organization – Nellikuppam
? Cuddalore District Railway Uses & Consumer Organization – Cuddalore.O.T
? Consumer Protection & Environment Organization – Cuddalore Port
? Consumer & Human Rights Protection Organization – Cuddalore Port
? Cuddalore Talk Consumer Rights, Protection Organization – Kalaiuoor
? EB Qtrs & Kovindasamy Nagar Nala Consumer Protection Organization – Sellankuppam
? Cuddalore Sipcot Consumer, Environment Protection Organization – 10.Sankolikuppam
? Consumer Rights Protection Organization – Cuddalore Port
? Consumer, Environment Protection Organization – Semankuppam
? Tamilnadu Consumer Education & Development Society – Naduveerapattu
? Consumer, Environment Protection Organization – Eachankadu
? Vadaluor Consumer Rights Protection Organization – Vadaluor
? Consumer Awareness & Rights Centre – Vadaluor
? Nellikuppam Consumer Protection Society – Nellikuppam
? Tamilnadu Rural, Urban Consumer Protection Organization – Semakottai
? Consumer Education & Environment Protection Organization – Rayarpalayam
? L.N.Puram Consumer Protection Organization – Panruti
? Panruti Town & Talk Women Consumer Protection Organization – Panruti
? Panruti Town Consumer & Environment Protection Organization – Panruti
? Panruti L.P.G User & Consumer Protection Organization – Thiruvathigai
? Panruti Town Youth Consumer Protection Organization – Panruti
? Panruti Town, Vadakailasam Nagar Consumer Protection Organization – Panruti
? Ammapettai Consumer, Environment Protection Organization – Panruti
? Pudhupettai Consumer & Human Rights Protection Organization – Pudhupettai
? Aveyanoor Consumer Protection Organization – Aveyanoor
? Aveyanoor Women Consumer Protection Organization – Aveyanoor
? Ulathamppattu Consumer Rights Protection Organization – Ulathamppattu
? Panruti Consumer Protection Organization – Natham
? Natham Consumer Rights & Environment Protection Organization – Natham
? Thiruduraiuoor Women Consumer Rights Protection Organization – Thiruduraiuoor
? Panruti Town, Nethaji Nagar, Melapalayam Consumer Protection Organization – Panruti
? Panruti Talk, Rural Consumer Protection Organization – Panruti
? Eanthirimangalam Consumer Protection Organization – Eanthirimangalam
? Panruti Urban Womens Education Consumer Protection Organization – Panruti
? Seerakuppam Consumer Rights Protection Organization – Metukuppam
? Annagirama Rural Consumer Protection Organization – Palapattu
? Panruti Talk Consumer Protection Organization – S.Earippalayam
? Melakavalunoor Consumer Rights Protection Organization – Melakavalunoor
? Melakavalunoor Women Consumer Rights Protection Organization – Melakavalunoor
? Panruti Consumer Rights Protection Organization – Panruti
? Panruti Talk Environment & Consumer Protection Organization – Kadampulliuor
? Panruti Makkal Nalam & Consumer Rights Centre – Thidirrkuppam
? Thatanchavady, L.R.Palayam Consumer Protection Organization – Panruti
? Oraiuor Rural Consumer Protection Organization – Oraiuor
? Kanrakottai Rural Consumer Protection Organization – Kanrakottai
? Nalluorpalayam Consumer Rights Protection Organization – Nalluorpalayam
? Panruti Mani Nagar, Aruljothi Nagar Consumer Rights Protection Organization – Panruti
? JKF Consumer & Human Rights Social Welfare Movement – Neyveli Town Ship
? Consumer Protection Society, Trust – Chidamabaram
? Consumer & Environment Protection Organization – Kumarachi
? Consumer Rights & Protection Organization – Sethiyathoppu
? Consumer & Environment Protection Organization – B.Muduloor
? Consumer Protection Organization-Portnoova.
? Keerapalayam Consumer Rights & Protection Organization – Boothankudi
? Palayankottai Consumer Protection Organization – Keezhupathi
? Kataumanarkoil Talk Consumer Rights Protection Organization – Nangukodi
? Lallpettai Consumer Protection Organization – Lallpettai
? Consumer Environment Protection Organization – Kataumanarkoil
? Virudachalam Consumer Rights & Environment Protection Organization
? Srimushnam Consumer Protection Centre – Srimushnam
? Magalampettai Consumer Rights Protection Society – Magalampettai
? Consumer & Human Rights Protection Organization – O.Adhanunoor
? Neyveli Consumer Protection Organization – Neyveli
? Neyveli Women Consumer Protection Organization – Neyveli
? Periyaakuruchi Women Consumer Protection Organization – Periyaakuruchi
? Neyveli Urban Consumer Protection Organization – Neyveli, Block – 21
? Neyveli Consumer Protection Organization – Neyveli
? Neyveli Women Consumer Protection Centre – Neyveli
? Thittakudi Consumer Protection Organization – Thittakudi
? Consumer Rights Protection Society – Arsankudi
? Consumer Protection Organization – Sengamedu
List of School Consumer Clubs in co-ordination with the CONFET
? Govt. Girls Hr. Sec. School, Tirupapuliyur, Cuddalore
? Joseph’s Hr. Sec. School, Manjakuppam, Cuddalore
? Government Hr. Sec. School, Naduveerapattu, Cuddalore
? Govt. Welfare Hr. Sec. School, Semakottai, Panruti –Tk
? Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Semakottai, Panruti –Tk
? Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Kadampuliyur, Panruti –Tk
? Matric Hr. Sec. School, Block – 17, Neyveli – 607 803
? Government Boys Hr. Sec. School, Virudachalam Tk
? Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Karuvepplankurichi, Virdachalam Tk
? Government Boys Hr. Sec. School, Tittagudi Tk
? Government Hr. Sec. School, Pennadam, Tittagudi Tk
? Government Girls Hr. Sec. School, Kattumannarkoil Tk
? Government Hr. Sec. School, Kumararchi, Kattumanarkoil Tk
? Matric Hr. Sec. School, Chidambaram
? Govt. Girls Hr. Sec. School, Chidambaram Tk.
? Hr. Sec. School, Orathuor & Post, Chidambaram –Tk
? Government Boys Hr. Sec. School, Perperiyankuppam, Nellikuppam
? Government Girls Hr. Sec. School, Perperiyankuppam, Nellikuppam
? Government High School, Killai, Chidambaram –Tk
? Government Boys Hr. Sec. School, Virudachalam
? Government High School, Paluor & Post, Panruti
? Government High School, Kullanchavady
? Government Hr. Sec. School, Pudhupettai, Panruti Tk
? Government Girls Hr. Sec. School, Chidambaram
? Government Hr. Sec. School, Nalluor, Virudachalam Tk
? Government Hr. Sec. School, Kozhipakkam, Cuddalore –Tk
? Girls Hr. Sec. School, Cuddalore
? Girls Hr. Sec. School, Panruti
? Boys Hr. Sec. School, Block –10, Neyveli
? Government Hr. Sec. School, Lalpettai, Kattumanarkoil Tk
Networking with Regional, National and International Consumer Organizations
CONFET has close networking with regional consumer movement like
? CI – Consumer International, London
? FEDCOT – Federation of Consumer Organisations, Tamilndu and Pondicherry, Tiruchirapalli
? CCC – Consumer Coordination Council, New Delhi
? CUTS – Consumer United Trust Society, Jaipur
? CERC – Consumer Education and Research Centre, Ahmedabad
? CAG – Consumer Action Group, Chennai
? CAI – Consumer Association of India, Chennai
? HRF – Human Rights Foundation, Chennai
? PW – Pepople’s Watch, Madurai
? CAN – Coastal Action Network, Nagapattinam CATALYST TRUST, Chennai
? GCM – Global Community Monitor, USA Other Media, New Delhi
? TNEC – Tamilnadu Environment Council, Dindugal Equation, Bangalore Bless -Cuddalore
? SAM – Social Action Movement
The programmes of such bodies are sincerely carried and executed. The Regional, National and International Consumer Organizations have great confidence in CONFET and entrusted many works like Street Food Testing, Drugs Testing, Real Estates, etc.
Consumer Federation Tamilnadu (CONFET)
72/7, Nethji Road, Manjakuppam,
Pin 607001, TN, (India)
Telefax : +91 – 4142-230978
Mobile : +91 – 9500200094
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