New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to form two more Consumer Protection Councils in the state in three months. Also, the Apex Court has asked the state government to conduct a survey based on the population and area of the state as this would enable the authorities to know how many more councils are required to be opened.

Notably, the Allahabad High Court had ordered the government to open five Consumer councils in the state in the year 1998. The state government has challenged the High Court order in the Supreme Court.

A Bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari hearing the state government’s plea directed to open two more councils in three months time. While mentioning that the state government has not followed the High Court’s 1998 order , the bench directed the state Chief Secretary to file an affidavit and a report in this regard.

Presenting the state government’s case Rajkumar Gupta said, “Already there are three councils in operational mode in the state and it does not require more. According to the High Court’s order the state government provides equal services to a presiding officer of the council and a High Court judge.”

Dismissing Gupta’s arguments, the bench said, “Uttar Pradesh is a big state, three councils are not enough for 75 districts. It should be ascertained in a survey that how many more councils are required in accordance of the population and the area.”