Department of Consumer Affairs sets up Committee to Develop Comprehensive Framework on the Right to Repair

For Prelims

  • LiFE Movement Lifestyle for the Environment. Launched by Prime Minister at Glasgow Summit (COP26) of UNFCC.

For Mains

What is circular economy?
  • It replaces the end-of-life concept with restoration, shifts towards the use of renewable energy, eliminates the use of toxic chemicals which impair reuse and return to the biosphere.
  • It introduces a strict differentiation between consumable and durable components of a product.
About LiFE Movement
  • Those who live such a lifestyle are called “Pro-Planet People”.
  • The vision of LiFE is to live a lifestyle that is in tune with our planet and does not harm it.
Right to Repair
  • The aim of developing a framework on right to repair in India is to empower consumers and product buyers in the local market, harmonize trade between the original equipment manufacturers and the third-party buyers and sellers, emphasize on developing sustainable consumption of products and reduction in e-waste.
  • The sectors identified as important sector for right to repair include Farming Equipment, Mobile Phones/ Tablets, Consumer Durables and Automobiles/Automobile Equipment.
Why Right to Repair is needed
  • Monopoly on repair processes infringes the customer’s’ “right to choose”.
  • Digital warranty cards, for instance, ensure that by getting a product from a “non-recognized” outfit, a customer loses the right to claim a warranty.
  • India has a vibrant repair service sector and third party repairs, including those who cannibalize the products for providing spare parts for circular economy.
  • The right to repair has been recognized in many countries across the globe, including the U.S.A, U.K and European Union.

           Source The Hindu

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