Cine goers were shocked to see the MRP of Rs. 50 on the 1 litre Kinley water bottle at Kapeel Carnival cinemas Belagavi. It may be recalled that earlier the administration had raided the said place and the food court was closed as they were charging more than the MRP, now the companies have got involved in DUAL MRP which again illegal.
According to the Law one cannot charge more than the MRP mentioned on the product, hence the bill issued by Carnival cinemas in this case is correct, but the company supplying is at fault.
Selling the same product with different MRPs (DUAL MRP) is an offence under the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, and rules made under it.
Union Minister of Food and Consumer Affairs, Ram Vilas Paswan, had recently tweeted about receiving various complaints on different prices charged for packaged water in different places. Many grievances about companies that printed prices higher than the MRPs at places like hotels and airports were lodged. This would attract stringent penal actions like fines and jail term.
The Ministry has demanded justification from such companies for their offences. “Mineral water bottle will be available at the same rate at airports, hotels and malls,” he tweeted. It has been directed that the selling price should be standardised across airports, hotels, malls, and any other retail outlets.
In Belagavi in another cinema hall known globally, Soft drinks were being sold in paper cups after dispensing them from 2 Ltr bottles which is again illegal.
Section 36 of Legal Metrology Act states, anyone involved in the sales, distribution or delivery of any pre-packaged commodity that does not conform to the declarations on the package is punishable by law with a fine of up to Rs. 25,000 for the first offence. The fine for the second offence can go up to Rs. 50,000. Further, subsequent offences will be penalised with fines up to Rs one lakh, or one-year imprisonment, or both.