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Govt to come up with Right to Repair framework

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The proposed framework will cover products including mobile phones, electronic, automobile and agricultural equipment.

NEW DELHI: The consumer affairs ministry will soon announce an overall framework for the Right to Repair. To finalise the framework it has set up an expert panel.
Under this framework, the manufacturers will be bound to give the detailed drawing of the products while selling them so that the consumers don’t remain dependent only on the original manufacturers.
The proposed framework will cover products including mobile phones, electronic, automobile and agricultural equipment.
The ministry said repair is a critical function of all forms of re-use and even for the sustainable life of the products. A product that cannot be repaired or falls under planned obsolescence like designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, not only becomes e-waste but also forces the consumers to buy new products for want of any repair to reuse it. Thus, restricting the repair of products forces consumers to deliberately make a choice to purchase a new model of that product.
“The rationale behind the Right to Repair is that when we buy a product, it is inherent that we must own it completely for which the consumers should be able to repair and modify the product with ease and at reasonable cost, without being captive to the whims of manufacturers for repairs,” the ministry said.
In a statement it also said that over a period of time it has been observed that the Right to Repair is getting severely restricted, and not only there is a considerable delay in repair but at times the products are repaired at an exorbitantly high price and the consumer who has once bought the product is hardly given any choice. “Often the spare parts are not available, which causes consumers great distress and harassment,” it said.
An official said 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 right to repair has been recognized in many countries across the globe, including the USA, UK and European Union.

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