Sale of packaged water, soft drinks above MRP to attract stringent penal actions: Ram Vilas Paswan

"Charging above MRP is violation of the law. But we still see at airports, multiplex and hotels, that packaged water is sold at more than the MRP. This needs to be stopped," Ram Vilas Paswan said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 14, 2016 2:47 pm
RAm Vilas Paswan, Paswan, Sale of Water, Sale of soft drinks, MRP, Sale above MRP, Maximum retail price, India news, indian express news “We have sufficient powers to take action against violators and we will take if consumers file complaints in this regard. There is penalty and even jail term for violators,” Paswan said.

Sale of packaged water and soft drinks above MRP (Maximum Retail Price) — including at airports, multiplexes and hotels — will attract stringent penal actions like fines and jail term, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Friday.

“Charging above MRP is violation of the law. But we still see at airports, multiplex and hotels, that packaged water is sold at more than the MRP. This needs to be stopped,” Paswan said here.

He said packaged drinking water is sold at 10-20 per cent higher rates at these places, while in some cases, MRP is not even written on the water bottle and “soft drinks like Coca Cola are sold in loose at an increased rate”.

“We have sufficient powers to take action against violators and we will take if consumers file complaints in this regard. There is penalty and even jail term for violators,” Paswan said on the sidelines of an event.

Speaking at an event commemorating 47th World’s Standards Day with theme of ‘Standards build trust’, the Minister said the ‘ISI’ quality certification mark is mandatory for packaged water bottles and this needs to be implemented in true spirit in the interest of consumers.

Recently, the National Consumer Disputes RedressalCommission (NCDRC) had imposed a penalty on a multiplex for selling water above MRP, he said adding that there is a need to create more awareness about consumer rights on this.

“Despite this judgement, water is still continued to be sold above MRP in multiplexes and airports. So, consumers need to be more aware and file complaints. If there is no complaint, how can we take action?” he said.

Talking about standards, the Minister said the government’s ‘Make in India’ programme cannot be successful unless domestic products/services follow the standards of international level.

Calling for building trust among consumers about Indian standards, he said, “We go abroad and buy branded clothes happily when we see the label ‘Made in US’. The moment we see ‘Made in India’ label, we don’t buy as there is lack of trust among consumers.”

This perception need to be changed by creating awareness among consumers by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which is the nodal agency for making standards, he said.

Stating that BIS makes standards for betterment of both industry and also to protect consumers, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs C R Choudhary said: “I would like to request the industry to follow standards strictly because those will survive who will provide best goods/services to consumers.”

More than 35 countries are adopting Indian standards and BIS is working on having unified standards for SAARC nations, he added.

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    PUNIT
    May 2, 2017 at 8:06 pm
    I HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH RS. 30/- FOR ONE PACKAGED BOTTLE OF WATER WHOSE MRP IS RS. 20/- IN RAJ RESTRO WHICH IS IN JOGESHWARI EAST NEAR FATAK. I ALSO HAVE PAID BILL AS EVIDENCE TO CLAIM COMPENSATION.
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    arun
    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm
    Mr.paswan and Mr.Modi...everyone know in India you people are taking steps to making better. But people like me those who argue on the same geta a cold shoulder from managers &also from management. I am currently in resort BOOMERANG RESORT, ASHVEM, GOA ...please come here and see the prices you want all middle cl to pay tax on time but what about these guys those who are running these kind of establishment in place like Goa, they are nit giving right amount of tax. What you want again the blood of people boil...everyone is here in India saving money but tell me what mechanism where a middle cl can also start saving....thats the reality!! And people or establishment those who are violating why don't you shutting these places permanently. And small problems what a normal middle cl has to face will turn onto tornado or civil war where people of India will be facing the government face to face. Think over it and take strict actions.
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    Arun
    Jan 4, 2017 at 6:04 am
    On 31st December evening we have been to Gulati Restaurent, 6 Pandara Road Mkt. They have charged for two one water bottles 85/- each total 170 Rs. against printed price of Rs. 20and Service Tax of 159 Rs. @ 6% and on the top of it tip as well. When I objected to it none wanted to listen as if I was making a fool of myself after paying a bill of Rs. 3140/-. Time 2023, USER 102, Waiter Sumit, Bill No. F055119, NOG 6.
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    R PAWAN
    Mar 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    As a media, Ur jobs doesn't finishes up till spreading news...Where r links or how to complain such cases....???
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    sajeev kumar
    Jan 20, 2017 at 7:27 am
    main land china, anna nagar, is still charging 50 rupees above the mrp for acquafina water bottle and upon rs70, 14.50/- as beverage tax totally for a bottle of 20 rs water they collect rs.81.17. which is totally illegal
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    mk
    Oct 17, 2016 at 7:40 am
    I recently went to Seasons mall Pune, where vendor charged Rs. 40 for a Aquafina bottle, when asked why he is charging above MRP he showed MRP printed as Rs 40 on bottle for special dealers, which was very surprising?? how to control such loot?
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    Roy Sydney
    Oct 17, 2016 at 2:32 am
    Mainland China; of Pimpri out let has charged rs. 70 taxes for Acquafina bottle on 24-9-2016 for water when MRP is written over the bottle ;was rs. 20. They have denied hence have to lodge a complaint with the Legal metro logical Department.
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    Krishna
    Oct 15, 2016 at 1:40 am
    Why isn't anyone spreading awareness regarding this and how to file complaints and to whom ??
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