Ministry of Consumer Affairs Current Affairs

Government unveils revised Building Code

The Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution unveiled the revised Building Code, making builders liable for the structure’s safety.

The code has been prepared by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). It is voluntary in nature, but the states can incorporate them in their building bylaws. 

Some provisions of the code 
  • Safety responsibility: Structure designers and supervisors are made responsible for the safety of the structure. Builders are also made responsible safety of the construction.
  • Builders have to give a certificate mentioning that the building has been constructed as per the planned design submitted to the local bodies
  • Modern buildings: It incorporates necessary changes keeping in view the requirement of modern buildings. Besides, it encourages use new building material and alternative smart technologies.
  • It also has provisions on use of innovative materials and technologies and on prefabricated construction techniques that can give fillip to speedier construction.
  • Fire and life safety norms: Specified for high rise buildings and a proper horizontal evacuation system in high-rise hospitals and public buildings. It includes high speed lifts for tall buildings.
  • Universal accessibility: It provides for universal accessibility for senior citizens and differently abled citizens.
  • Sustainability norms: It features norms for solar energy utilisation, inclusion of modern lighting technique including LED, updated provision on piped gas supply in houses and hospitals. It also covers solid waste management and rain water harvesting.
  • Ease of doing business: It has a detailed provision for streamlining the approval process in respect of different agencies in the form of an integrated approval process through single window approach thereby avoiding separate clearances from various authorities.

The Building Code is used by local bodies for framing building bylaws. It is used by government departments in construction activity and also by private builders as well as professionals like planners, architect and engineers. It is also used for academic purpose

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Google India, Ministry of Consumer Affairs tie up for Digitally Safe Consumer campaign

Google India has partnered with the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs to launch nationwide Digitally Safe Consumer campaign to raise awareness among consumers about online safety and better protect consumer interest online.

The campaign is expected to be rolled out in January 2017. It will reach out with training materials to over 1,200 consumer organisations as well as consumer affairs department of every state/UT.

Key Facts
  • It will be yearlong campaign focused on building capacities of consumer organisations, personnel of consumer affairs department and counsellors of National Consumer Helpline on Internet safety.
  • Under it, Google with the help of partner agencies will work towards advocating digital security and privacy needs through ‘Digital Literacy, Safety & Security’ workshops.
  • It will be through a ‘Train the Trainer’ model for approximately 500 people including 250 consumer organisations across the country.
  • These trainers will further engage with the local community to spread awareness around the need for Internet safety.

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