This is survey report on a Tamil Nadu focused, multi-stakeholder study on usage, consumption, health implications of trans fat, and awareness on trans fat regulations in India.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown situation, several schools initiated online classes., Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) undertook an online quiz competition to inculcate interest and enhance knowledge on electricity governance, energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy.
Social media plays a significant role in this digital era across all sectors. This is especially so during the COVID-19 pandemic situation, where consumers are left with little option than to communicate using social media/virtually.
This study attempts to capture consumers' perspectives on their electricity issues and their own suggestions to solve these by framing/revising regulatory provisions for the same. Relevant electricity regulations in Tamil Nadu were mapped in line with issues highlighted by consumers and checked for gaps, if any. Further, new regulatory provisions are proposed as a means to bridging identified gaps. In summary, our findings suggest that there is adequate scope to pursue revisions in the regulations based on consumers’ perspectives.
During the month of September we have celebrated International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, International Day of Democracy and International Day of Preservation of Ozone Layer. Is there any relation to democracy and air pollution? Does higher democracy rate lead to less air pollution?
The true strength of the Consumer Protection Act 2019, with its new significant features, lies in its effective implementation. The article summarises the gaps, challenges and the strengths of the new Act discussed in the dialogue forum organised by CAG.
As the world is rightly going gaga over the clean energy it is also important to look at the entire life cycle of a technology proposed to understand its impact on the environment. The author tries to do that with the analysis of CSP plants impact on the environment.
Since the beginning of September, buses have started to ply the roads of Chennai. Many, no doubt, sighed in relief as public transport, especially buses, are a lifeline. Buses mean mobility, buses mean livelihood and therefore survival.
It's been 5 years since Chennai became the first Indian city to adopt a non motorised transport (NMT) Policy. Are pedestrians safer now? Is the infrastructure better for them and are motorists more considerate? CAG evaluated several locations across the city and spoke to road users to answer these questions.