RRepairing devices such as mobile phones and laptops will soon become more affordable for consumers, according to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. A committee has been formed, headed by Nidhi Khare, additional secretary, to develop a ‘right to edit’ framework.

The statement reads, “Agricultural equipment, mobile phones/tablets, consumer durables and cars/auto parts, among other sectors have been identified as eligible for reform by the committee.”

Although Indians prefer to repair the technology rather than replace it, the high cost of repair and the unavailability of parts make it easy to buy new products. In addition, manufacturers do not disclose all service information which increases the suffering of consumers.

The purpose of the framework, according to the committee, is to empower buyers and sellers in the common market. It also helps to increase trade between the original equipment manufacturers and other buyers and sellers.

In addition to promoting sustainability by ending the era of disposable devices, the right to refurbish states that customers should be able to keep each product after purchase. The new law will help consumers to repair and replace drugs easily and at a reasonable cost.

“Once launched in India, it will be a game-changer for the economy and as a catalyst for job creation through Aatmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) by allowing third-party restructuring,” said an official.

Key points of the Freedom to Edit framework:

  • Technology companies must provide adequate information and access to documentation, schematics and software updates.
  • Parts and equipment for the use of auxiliary equipment, including diagnostic equipment should be given to other people, including people to repair the product if there are minor problems.
  • When every tool is over a certain period of time, it needs to be replaced due to lack of parts. This culture of ‘planned retirement’ will not be encouraged.
  • The policy is expected to end the control of manufacturers in the market.

This right is already recognized in many countries including the US, the UK and the European Union.

The group provided by the Ministry consists of representatives of the government, manufacturers, legal experts and consumer organizations. The team will write articles from all the international markets and adapt the strategies suitable for the Indian market.

Source:

“India to draft new ‘right to repair’ law for electronic devices”, published by Hindustan Times on July 15, 2022.

“‘Right to Repair’: Soon, buyers and third parties can repair products”, published by Business Standard on 15 July 2022.

“Could skip equipment makers for bailouts as government plans ‘right to repair’,” published by Times of India on 15 July 2022.

Edited by Yoshita Rao



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