Mul­ti­plexes can­not ban out­side food: State govt

State’s pol­icy on mat­ter in six months; Cen­tre’s new act on vary­ing MRPs to be ef­fec­tive from Aug 1

Mid Day - - CITY - DHAR­MEN­DRA JORE dhar­men­dra.jore@mid-day.com

The state gov­ern­ment has said that mul­ti­plexes can­not ban pa­trons from car­ry­ing food in­side cinema halls. It said it would come out with a pol­icy soon to lift such an il­le­gal ban and pun­ish vi­o­la­tions.

Food and Civil Sup­plies Min­is­ter of State Ravin­dra Cha­van made this state­ment in re­sponse to a call­ing at­ten­tion no­tice by Op­po­si­tion leader in the coun­cil Dhanan­jay Munde.

Cha­van said a reg­u­la­tory pol­icy would be ready with the home depart­ment within six months. San­jay Dutt, Anil Bhos­ale and Nee­lam Gorhe, too, grilled the gov­ern­ment over the is­sue.

Munde de­manded to know what ac­tion the gov­ern­ment pro­posed to take against mul­ti­plexes, food malls off high­ways and malls that sold items much above the max­i­mum re­tail price (MRP). He said mul­ti­plexes don’t al­low food to be brought into the premises and force pa­trons to buy the high-priced items in­side. “Why don’t we have a law to curb such ex­ploita­tive ways? They sell food at ex­or­bi­tant prices in­side mul­ti­plexes. For ex­am­ple, a bot­tle of water costs sev­eral times more in­side the mul­ti­plex than out­side,” he asked.

The min­is­ter said the Cen­tre’s new act that comes into ef­fect from Au­gust 1 this year, will stop such vary­ing MRPs. There will be just one MRP for all items,” he said.

The Bom­bay High Court, too, is in the process of hear­ing a case on the same mat­ter. The gov­ern­ment has told the Cen­tre that it would come out with a pol­icy. R100 R150

PIC/BIPIN KOKATE

BMC staff work to clean up the tons of garbage and de­bris that spilled on to the road ad­join­ing the Queen’s Neck­lace at Ma­rine Drive dur­ing high tide on Fri­day, lead­ing to slow-mov­ing, and sin­gle-line traf­fic.

The Bom­bay High Court is in the process of hear­ing a case on the mat­ter of mul­ti­plexes ban­ning out­side food on their premises

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