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It refers to Bombay High Court rightly grilling Maharashtra government on theatres and multiplexes in the state making it compulsory for all those going there to buy eatables only from these places and not allowing eatables purchased from outside inside the halls.

It is wrong practice to force customers purchasing eatables and even bottled water from these places that too at exorbitant prices at times multiple times the price at which such items are sold outside these places. It is also observed that at times, special packs of commodities with maximum-retail-price (MRP) printed multiples times the normal one having caption “Exclusively packed for…” Such anti-consumer practice should be banned through law wherein same commodity may have different MRPs. Legislation should also include sale of mineral-water bottles in five-starred hotels only at MRP.

Since such practice prevails throughout the country, Department of Consumer Affairs (Central government) should come with rules or legislation whereby consumers may be permitted to carry packaged eatables and water-bottles inside theatre-halls and multiplexes where compulsory provision of free RO water should be there.

 

Madhu Agrawal

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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