The Consumer Guidance Society of India (CGSI) is a consumer rights organisation based in Mumbai, India. It was the earliest consumers organisation in India, founded by nine women in 1966 , and became the first to conduct formal product testing in 1977. CGSI publishes a magazine, Keemat. Among the chairpersons were Dr. Mrs. Kamala Sohonie, Mrs. Leela Wagh, Mrs. Krishna Basrur, Mrs. Kohli, Mrs. Indu Shirali and Mrs. Usha Sukhtankar. Others followed. Various activities included testing the purity of food products, weights and measures used by shopkeepers and consumer protection in other forms. Consumers have often been made to endure sub-standard products, very high prices, hazardous drugs, never ending shortage of goods and many more injustices. To fight against these odds 9 ladies in Delhi came together to form Consumer Guidance Society of India (CGSI). Achievements and features It was the earliest organization founded in the year 1966 It pressed for Consumer protection Act and Consumer Protection Court in the year 1975. Consumer protection court materialized in the year 1975 itself but consumer protection act turned into reality in 1986 70-80% of the complaints received by CGSI are redressed It was the first consumer organisation to establish a formal product testing lab in the year 1977. It was the first to start a monthly magazine called 'Keemat' which provided information to consumers It promotes consumer education, undertakes training programs in rural areas and represents consumer interests in government and other bodies It is the only Indian consumer organization to be a council member of Consumer International for 25 years It won a national award in 1991 for consumer protection It is also a member of state consumer protection council It also takes part in a large number of technical committees and government decision making bodies. guides how to file the case in consumer court..
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