State & Distt. Level Consumer Protection Organization
As provided in the Act the State Commission has been
constituted with effect from 31.10.1989. The Commission consists of one President
and five Members from which one is judicial member and one is lady member. A sitting
or retired High Court Judge is appointed as the President, Judicial Member is appointed
from sitting or retired District Court Judge and other member is appointed from
persons of ability, integrity and standing and have adequate knowledge or experience
of, or have shown capacity dealing with problems relating to economics, law, commerce,
accountancy, industry, public affairs or administration. One of the members shall
be a woman member.
Address of State Commission Office
Old Administrative Staff College Bldg.
Hazarimal Somani Marg,
Opp.C.S.T. Rly Station,
Mumbai - 400 001.
Considering the pendency of the State Commission Circuit Benches of State Commission
at Nagpur & Aurangabad have been started and made functional.
a) Nagpur Circuit Bench-
b)Aurangabad Circuit Bench-
Commercial Complex Of Aurangabad Municipal Corporation,
Near Jay Tower,
District Fora consists of one president and Two members.
A District Judge or retired District Judge or a person qualified to be appointed
as a District Judge is appointed as president. The eligibility of the members is
similar to that members of the State Commission. District Fora have been established
for each district and they are situated at the District Head Quarters. Taking into
consideration of heavy filing of the complaints the Additional Fora have been established
at Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Thane and Mumbai Suburban Districts as on today.
Today total 40 Districts Fora have been established and all are
functional. And also 3 additional Districts Fora have been created on adhoc basis.
Jurisdiction of the State Commission & District Forum
- State Commission deals with the disputes involving Rs.20 lakhs to Rs.1 crore and
disposes, appeals against the order of district fora.
- District Forum Deals with the disputes involving up to Rs.20 Lakhs.
State Consumer Protection Council
The State Consumer Protection Council has been established
under the Maharashtra Consumer Protection (Amendment) Rules, 2004. Its Chairman
will be the Minister-In-Charge of the department while the Vice Chairmanship will
be the Minister of State in connection with Consumer Protection. Various representatives
of institutes, individuals, workers acting in the field consumer movement and Government
servants are appointed. There are 38 members in the Council and its period is for
District Consumer Protection Councils
At the District Level, a District Consumer Protection Council has been established
under Maharashtra Consumer Protection (Amendment) Rule 2004. The council consist
of 40 official and non-official members. The period of the District consumer protection
council is 3 years.
Consumer Welfare Advisory Committee
The Government has established a single member Maharashtra Consumer Welfare Advisory
Committee with a view to make recommendation to State Government regarding the measures
to be adopted to spread consumer movement in the rural and remote areas of the State.
Shri Arun Vasantrao Deshpande, has been appointed as a Chairman on this Committee.