Movie­go­ers can carry food into mul­ti­plexes: State govt

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

Mum­bai: The Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment said on Fri­day that movie­go­ers can­not be stopped from car­ry­ing out­side food into mul­ti­plexes, and from next month, it will im­pose a ban on dual MRP for pack­aged food and drinks.

Ravin­dra Cha­van, ju­nior min­is­ter for food and civil sup­plies, said ac­cord­ing to the Ma­ha­rash­tra Cin­e­mas (Reg­u­la­tion) Rules, 1966, cin­e­mas can­not pro­hibit con­sumers from car­ry­ing food and ac­tion will be taken against those who do not al­low it. The ban on dual pric­ing—the prac­tice of charg­ing dif­fer­ent MRPs for the same prod­uct in dif­fer­ent places—will be im­ple­mented from Au­gust 1. Cha­van was re­ply­ing to a calling at­ten­tion mo­tion moved by leader of the op­po­si­tion Dhanan­jay Munde in the leg­isla­tive coun­cil.

The mea­sure, if im­ple­mented, will bring re­lief to con­sumers who face ex­or­bi­tant charges for com­mon snacks like pop­corn and sam- osa, and soft drinks in mul­ti­plexes. But there is con­cern over whether the laws cover this is­sue. Se­nior of­fi­cials from the food de­part­ment who did not want to be quoted said the 1966 rules the min­is­ter is talk­ing about are silent on tak­ing food in­side an es­tab­lish­ment.

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