The Department of Consumer Affairs has set up a committee to develop a comprehensive framework on the right to repair. The aim of the framework is to empower consumers and product buyers in the local market and harmonize trade between the original equipment manufacturers and the third-party buyers and sellers. Its aim is also to emphasize developing sustainable consumption of products and reduction in e-waste.
Once the framework is rolled out in India, it will become a game-changer both for the sustainability of the products and as well as serve as a catalyst for employment generation through Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The committee chaired by Additional Secretary in the Department, Nidhi Khare held its first meeting yesterday wherein important sectors for the right to repair were identified. They include Farming Equipment, Mobile Phones, Tablets, Consumer Durables, Automobiles, and Automobile Equipment.
The right to repair has been recognized in many countries across the globe including the U.S.A, U.K, and European Union.
Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the concept of LIFE (Lifestyle for Environment) movement in India. This includes the concept of reusing and recycling various consumer products.