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Airports, Malls and Hotels Can’t Charge Above MRP for Bottled Water, Says Govt

How many times have we all found ourselves in a familiar situation where we are at an airport or a railway station and we are left without a choice in having to pay inflated prices for water bottle that are well above the Maximum Retail Price (MRP)?

Well, it might soon no longer be a problem as the Indian union government has made it clear that the prices of bottled water sold in such places will be the same as the MRP notified on the items.

In a tweet, Ram Vilas Paswan, the Union Minister of Food & Public Distribution, Consumer Affairs, said that bottled water in airports, hotels and malls have to be sold at the same rates.

This move has come as a result of a substantial number of complaints made by consumers to the consumer forum regarding this very same issue.

The minister said, “We received several complaints that companies file separate print rates. The ministry has asked them for a response”

In addition to that, the ministry is also seeking an explanation from companies on this issue.

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This isn’t the first time the minister has broached this subject of the sale of bottled water at inflated prices. In October of 2016, the minister said that any sale of bottled water or of soft drinks above the MRP will result in stringent action. Speaking on the issue he noted, “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 violator.”

So, the next time you are at an airport and get overcharged, you know your rights.

In order to lodge a complaint to the government as a consumer, click here

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