Heart Balms For Indians As ‘Right To Repair’ Catches Steam

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Repairing gadgets like mobile phones and laptops is soon going to be a consumer right.  

A committee has been set up to construct a framework for the ‘Right to Repair,’ which includes farming equipment, mobile phones/ tablets, consumer durables, and automobiles /automobile equipment, among other sectors falling in the ambit.

Even though Indians are eager to repair gadgets rather than replace them, the high cost of repairs and unavailability of parts make it easier to buy new products. 

Moreover, manufacturers don’t reveal full servicing information leaving consumers with no choice.

As part of the proposed framework, tech companies will have to provide complete knowledge and access to manuals, schematics, and software updates. 

When any gadget lasts for more than a particular period, it will have to be replaced due to the unavailability of parts.

This culture of ‘planned obsolescence’ won’t be encouraged.

The parts and tools required to service and diagnose would be made available to third parties as well as individuals. 

Did someone say DIY?

Moreover, the framework is touted to bring an end to the monopoly of manufacturers in the market. 

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

No more Enviro-Junk

The new Right will keep the environment happy too. 

Unwanted e-waste will reduce as reusing products will continue for as long as possible.

This is the central focus of the LiFE (Lifestyle for the Environment) movement, which is also a priority for the government right now.

It’s a win-win!

Too long? Here’s a one-liner: The Indian government proposes a ‘Right to Repair’ framework to facilitate self and third-party repair of products and end the monopoly enjoyed by companies over repair and spare parts markets.

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