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Currently there is a lot of talk about the circular economy in the country, and there is a debate about the right to amend. In this era of information technology, electronic gadgets, mobile accessories have become a lifeline. From cellphones to refrigerators and even minor technical problems in cars often cause financial and emotional stress. The biggest reason for this is the unpredictable cost of repairs associated with the machine and the time-consuming tedious process. Many household electronic devices are being converted into e-waste, as it is more convenient to buy a new product than to repair it. It is true that the Industrial Revolution created a service class in Europe that followed a simple lifestyle, becoming notorious for its consumerist tendencies. Over the past few decades, consumer rights and environmental measures have also undergone a strange rift. Few countries in the Americas-Europe have not engaged in a public debate on rectification rights in the past decade. Right to rectification has reshaped consumer rights from the US, the UK, the EU to Australia. Britain has enshrined in law the right to repair all types of electronic equipment. Here companies are obliged to supply spare parts to customers. Customers can get repairs done at any local shop. The right to repair in the European Union obliges each brand to supply spare parts related to the product to a professional repairer for 10 years. Repair Cafe opens in Australia

According to a study by local councils, on average one in two homes costs more to repair than a five-year-old appliance goes to waste. According to the survey, 43 percent of people have desktops, laptops, smartphones, printers, tablets, washing machines, refrigerators, fans, mixers, etc. that have not been repaired five years ago. The automobile industry is found to be faring worse. The customer has to make a detour in the name of servicing the vehicle and genuine spare parts.

If the country has repair rights, companies must provide customers with all manuals, repair modules and software updates related to the product. This will change the entire ecosystem of the repair industry. Your local repair mechanic will increase the availability of original spare parts. It will enable him to provide quality services. The importance of this law for India is more than any other country in the world. There are hardly any roads without repair shops across the country. Through this we can give new identity to unorganized sector workers. This will strengthen consumers as well as local businesses.

This step will help reduce the carbon footprint. E-device repair is convenient and cost-effective, with a direct impact in the form of e-waste reduction. Recycling and repair of electronic products will surely increase by eliminating the shortage of genuine spare parts. E-waste is a major environmental crisis in the world today, so right to repair is the solution. (These are the personal views of the author.)

Arvind Kumar Mishra is a journalist and writer arvindmbj@gmail.com

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