WDoR 2022 was commemorated in a joint event by CAG, the Greater Chennai Traffic Police, and the Dr. Ambedkar Law University. Thiru Shankar Jiwal, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Chennai and Mr. M. Manakumar, Additional Transport Commissioner felicitated the event.
Modern times have seen the consumption of ultra-processed packaged foods soar to unprecedented levels. Front of Pack Labelling (FoPL) on processed foods could play a crucial role towards providing healthier food options for consumers, thus reducing the non-communicable diseases burden on the country.
CAG, Chennai, in collaboration with Tamil Nadu Consumer Protection and Environment Research Centre (TNCPERC), Tiruvarur organised a workshop on ‘Strengthening Road Safety Decision Making’, to understand global best practices on road safety such as increased penalties to act as deterrents and stronger legislation.
The internet has transformed how financial services work. It has brought in ease and convenience at levels we have never known before. But along with this have come the scams - clever, complicated schemes that either steal our identity and then our money or get us to willingly part with our money, and personal details. No one is exempt from this; but particularly vulnerable are the senior citizens and semi-literate population who have been forced to come to terms with a cashless society. The consumer guidance seminar on safe financial services organised by Citizen consumer civic Action Group, together with FEDCOT brought together experts to speak directly to consumers on staying safe online.
How safe are pedestrians on our roads?
India is a nation of walkers. According to the 2011 census, one third of all work trips are by foot. Women walk to work more than men. And 60% of school journeys are by walk (NSO). Indian roads are unsafe for walkers. Almost 26,000 pedestrians, an 85% increase in the last 5 years, have died on Indian roads. Chennai’s OMR stretch alone sees as many as 34 pedestrian deaths a year. 90% of these deaths were from pedestrians trying to cross the road (Greater Chennai Traffic Police, 2019).
We urgently need better policies, better street design and better enforcement to keep India’s walkers safe.
‘A robust master plan can be ambitious but more importantly, must be achievable; it must include citizens’ views, for that is the ultimate aim of the plan - to build a city which offers its residents a sustainable lifestyle and equitable access to its resources’, said Sumana Narayanan, Senior Researcher, CAG. The webinar offered just that - a space to discuss the evolution and transformation of master planning and mobility in Chennai and a platform where citizens could discuss their aspirations for the third master plan.
This recent study reveals that the recycling process transfers the toxins in plastic to the recycled plastic; and because recycling typically mixes several types of plastic together, could produce new chemical cocktails in the process.
To reiterate the need for awareness on heart health and to establish a wide connection between the benefits of front of pack labelling with respect to health, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG), in association with Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (DU), C3 Research Foundation, Chennai and Women Consumer Protection Association, Madurai organised a webinar on World Heart Day, September 29, titled, “Heart Health and Front of Pack Labelling/Warning Labels”.
In order to bring in the voices of farmers, solar developers & experts of the solar agriculture industry and identify gaps & opportunities for solarising agriculture in TN, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) in association with South Indian Chamber of Commerce India (SICCI) organised a webinar as part of the Climate Voices Tamil Nadu initiative.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), primarily ischaemic heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 17.7 million deaths annually. Undetected and untreated hypertension has been ranked as the highest risk factor for heart disease and related deaths. WHO estimates that India accounts for over a fifth of these deaths. The deadly second wave of Covid-19 has further revealed the extent to which untreated and unmanaged raised blood pressure can make an already ailing Indian population, further vulnerable.