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No 34 of 1991

[16th August, 1991.]

An Act to amend the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Forty-second Year of the Republic of India as follows:—

Short title and commencement. 1. (1) This Act may be called the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act, 1991.

(2) It shall be decreed to have come into force the 15th day of June, 1991.

Amendment of section 14. B. In section 14 of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (hereinafter 68 of 1986 referred to as the principal Act), for sub-section (2), the following sub-sections shall be substituted, namely: —

"(2) Every proceeding referred to in sub-section (1) shall be conducted by the President of the District Forum and at least one member thereof sitting together:

Provided that where the member, for any reason, is unable to conduct the proceeding ti11 it is completed, the President and the other member shall conduct such proceeding de novo.

(24) Every order made by the District Forum under sub-section (1) shall be signed by its President and the member or members who conducted the proceeding:

Provided that where the proceeding is conducted by the President and one member and they differ on any point or points, they shall state the point or points on which they differ and refer the same to the other member for hearing on such point or points and the opinion of the majority shall be the order of the District Forum"

Insertion of new section 18A. 3. After section 18 of the principal Act, the following section shall be inserted, namely; —

Vacancy in the office of the President. "18A. When the office of the President of the Ditrict Forum or of the State Commission, as the case may be, is vacant or when any such President is, by reason of absence or otherwise, unable lo perform the duties of his office, the duties of the office shall be performed by such person, who is qualified to be appointed as President of the