- We all wish to lose weight and look slim and trim. Owing to which, we constantly look for the solutions, opt for dieting or consuming weight-loss pills which are advertised on the Television promising to help us lose weight. As, for individuals with a strong desire to lose weight, diet, weight loss pills may seem like a magical solution.
- But, you will be shocked to know that even vice president M Venkaiah Naidu Was duped by weight-loss pill advertisement.
- On Friday, asking the government to take steps to end the menace of misleading and fake advertisements, vice president M Venkaiah Naidu shared his own experience of how he lost Rs 1,230 for weight loss pills.
Naidu revealed his experience in Rajya Sabha, of which he is the chairperson, during a discussion on the problem of misleading and fake advertisement. Naidu told members that shortly after becoming the vice president, he came across an advertisement of a medication that promised to help lose a certain amount of weight in 28 days. It was priced at Rs 1,230, he said.
“I paid the money but after some days received a packet. When I opened it, there was a note which said that I have to pay Rs 1000 again to get the original medicine,” Naidu said.
Naidu took up the issue with the consumer affairs ministry. Ram Vilas Paswan, the consumer affairs minister, launched an inquiry and the minister surprised Naidu by telling him the company that issued the advertisement was not based in New Delhi but in the United States of America.
Naidu said, “There should be something done about such advertisements.”
Paswan replied that his ministry is working on a new legislation to take action against companies that make false promises through advertisements.