The UT State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has upheld the order of the Bhiwani district forum,passed in 2001,wherein a seed company was directed to pay compensation for providing poor quality seeds to three Bhiwani-based farmers in separate cases.
The complainant,Nathu Ram,purchased three bags of wheat foundation seed manufactured by the appellant Haryana Seeds Development Corporation at Rs 360 per bag at a total cost of Rs 1,080. It was stated that the seeds were sown in 1997 after mixing with urea as per directions given by the appellant. A total expense of Rs 5,422 was incurred on purchasing the urea,seeds and the process of irrigation.
Ram alleged that the seeds did not germinate and he later discovered that the seeds were of inferior quality. An investigator assessed the loss,and reported to the Deputy Director,Agriculture,Bhiwani,that the seeds indeed were inferior. If the seeds supplied had been up to the mark,I would have obtained 24 quintals of wheat per acre,earning about Rs 16,000 per acre, stated Ram.
In its reply,the Haryana Seeds Corporation stated that the seeds were of high quality. The firm further hinted that their seeds may not have been sown at all,with the complainant using seeds purchased from some other outlet,as they had not been informed at the time of sowing. It was further averred that germination depends upon many factors and it is possible that the seeds were not paid due care and the complainant failed to carry out proper irrigation.
Announcing the verdict,the forum directed the seeds company to pay Rs 16,000 to the complainant towards loss of crop,Rs 2,000 for mental agony and Rs 500 towards litigation charges.
In the second case against the same company,Ajit Singh was held entitled to Rs 40,000 for loss of crop,Rs 5,000 for mental agony and Rs 500 towards costs of litigation. The third complainant,Kailash Chand,was awarded Rs 16,000 towards loss of crop,Rs 2,000 towards mental agony and Rs 500 towards costs of litigation.
The forum held: The seeds have been certified to be defective as the marketing officer of the Seeds Certification Authority had conducted a spot survey and accepted the complainants plea that the seeds did not germinate due to poor quality.
Leaking roof at Vivek High School,engineers told to rectify defect
Coming to the rescue of a school the roof of which started leaking soon after construction,the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Global Engineers and Associates in Sector 37 to rectify the defect to the satisfaction of the complainant. Further,if the roof is still found to be defective,the company is liable to refund the incurred amount of Rs 26,080 to Vivek High School. The case against the engineers proceeded ex parte as no one appeared on behalf of the firm. The forum concluded that the schools case is sufficiently proved by way of documents and evidence on record.