ABOUT US

OBJECTIVES
To enrich the quality of life through sustainable consumption, to educate consumers, to create awareness and thus to empower them to fight against injustice.

VISION
To organize consumers for common cause and fight against injustice to protect their interest.

MISSION STATEMENT
“Grahak Hitay, Grahak Sukhay”  (In the interest of consumers, for the happiness of consumers)

MGP IN NUTSHELL.....
•    Established in the year 1975 on Gudhi Padwa (Hindu New Year.)
•    Largest Membership of more than 32,000 families.
•    More than 120,000 satisfied consumers as beneficiaries through its unique Distribution System.
•    Offers about 95 essential and other commodities every month on “No Profit, No Loss” basis.
•    Largest number of voluntary activists (more than 3500).
•    Largest participation of women volunteers.
•    Financially, totally self-reliant.  

Introduction
Early 70's were the days of shortages and scarcity of all essential commodities in our country. Hoarding, Black Marketing, Cheating in rates as well as weights measurements
and quality were  very common. Consumers were being ruthlessly exploited. Society, in general, was upset. At such situation few volunteers from Pune and Mumbai like
Shri. Bindu Madhav Joshi, Late Sudhir Phadke, P.W. Gadgil, Madhukar Mantri, Rambhau Barve, Vidyadhar Gokhale etc, came together to mobilize consumer movement and
possibility for establishing a consumer organization. With their sustained  efforts Mumbai Grahak Panchayat was established in year 1975 and registered in 1981 under
Charity Commission Act  1950 (Reg No. F7000). The basic idea was distribution of goods of essential house hold needs, to the organization members with collective buying
on No Profit No Loss basis.
The goods distribution system established by Mumbai Grahak Panchayat is one of its kind and functional with ascending order for the last 38 years without single failure.
Initially started with just families  of 25, now grown to 32000 families in Mumbai-Thane-Raigad, Pune-Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Even consumer International has lauded the distribution system as unique model for other developing countries and also role model for promoting sustainable consumption at the 18th World Congress held at
Sydney, Australia in 2007. In fact, this distribution system is useful in the current retail scenario in the country.
Did the founder member think of distribution of essential provisions can be a foundation for consumer movement?  Which was the ultimate goal? Because any movement should have
two wings essentially, viz. Protection & Education.
Though mission started with monthly distribution, founders wanted to make consumers in general, empowered by their rights and to establish their soverginity.
MGPs another uniqueness is largest number of voluntary activists including top management, and also largest participation of women volunteers.
This consistent growth is not the result of any aggressive marketing or publicity, but solely based  on mouth to mouth publicity by the members & well-wishers.

Mumbai Grahak Panchayat – Structure
President
Vice President
Office Bearers:   
Chairman
Vice Chairman
Secretary
Treasure, and
Managing Committee of 15 members

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