O Right of reparation legislation may soon be implemented in India following a recent government announcement. Initiated by the Department of Consumer Affairs (DoCA), a committee was created to design the framework of the new law. The government body also clarified that the framework will not be limited to smartphones only.
Various product segments such as agricultural equipment, consumer durables and auto industry products will be included.
In addition, the new legislation will also align with the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat employment schemes. The new legislation is expected to generate more employment opportunities by launching third-party and self-repair services.
Through the right to repair legislation, many local electronics repair and service centers will be able to conduct their business with ease. This will make spare parts prices more transparent across the industry. The new law will also make it easier for users to repair some of the parts themselves.
As we’ve seen in the US, the right-to-repair movement changed the way Apple allowed third-party service centers access to replacement parts. The company also allowed the public to purchase parts and equipment needed to fix your devices like the iphone from your home. The company also allowed access to repair guides. Likewise, the Indian government is expected to ensure that companies operating in India do so fairly.
Many countries such as the US, UK and EU have already passed legislation that supports the right to redress.
Sustainable use of the product
Over the past year, studies have shown that there is a decline in demand for smartphones. In contrast, the need for laptops and desktops has increased largely due to the work-from-home format. And as the prices of essentials have increased, it has become imperative for many to keep their gadgets. At least as long as they can.
The LiFE (Lifestyle for the Environment) movement has also been the main focus of the government. It encourages users to keep reusing products for as long as possible. This works well with the right to repair legislation that will allow users to fix products at more affordable prices and reduce unwanted e-waste.
What is the Right to Reparation?
Many manufacturers restrict repair services to their service centers only. Access to parts is also limited. In the end, it forces the consumer to go only to an authorized service center and pay the amount quoted by the company.
The right to repair essentially allows users access to essential services and equipment needed to repair their damaged products. And it’s not just for consumers, but also for third-party companies. Companies will be required to be more transparent on parts availability and repair guides.
Any service center and a user who wants to repair a device can place an order for the necessary parts. Manufacturers can submit them and provide access to repair guides. However, these can be paid.