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‘Nothing wrong in multiplexes charging more'

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MANGALORE: If a bottle of water is sold in a restaurant for more than the maximum retail price (MRP), the extra charge is not wrong as there is a service being offered (opening of the bottle and pouring it into a glass), Gajendra V. Adake, Inspector of Legal Metrology, Mangalore, has said.

He was discussing the Packaged Commodities Rules, 2011, at a seminar on Karnataka's legal metrology organised by the KCCI here on Friday. He said a bottle of water with price above the MRP in a multiplex was not a violation of rules as there could be a contract between the manufacturer and the retailer. However, a bottle of water sold in a shop could not be charged more than its MRP. Besides the MRP, the bottle and all other products must mention all information that had been laid down as mandatory by the Department of Legal Metrology. All products must mention the complete address of the manufacturer, including door number, street, area, city, and pin code. All this information should be on a single form attached to the product and not in a separate sticker, he said.

But the requirement to mention the mandatory information did not apply in case of products given as part of a service. So a bottle of water given to passengers on a train (part of service provided) need not mention all the information, he said. Mandatory information to be mentioned on products included declaring the contents. The product must mention the month of manufacture or the date of import. The MRP must be mentioned after considering all applicable taxes. “The retailer cannot sell a product at prices over the MRP. Putting an additional sticker with price on a product is violation of the Act, unless other mandatory information has been mentioned on the sticker as well,” he said.

M.N. Hipparagi, Assistant Controller of Legal Metrology, Mangalore, was present.

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