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Uniform MRP on eatables in Multiplexes

Saturday, July 14, 2018
By Prashant Hamine

Moviegoers can bring eatables from home

Now moviegoers can carry homemade eatables to cinema halls and multiplexes in the state from August 1. Eatables sold in cinema halls and multiplexes will be charged at uniform maximum retail price (MRP), this was stated by Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies, Ravindra Chavan, in the legislative council yesterday.

Replying to a debate raised on a calling attention notice moved by leader of opposition, Dhananjay Munde, and others, Chavan assured the house that if any cinema hall or multiplexes still indulging in banning outside eatables strict action will be taken against such cinema halls and multiplexes. He added that the Home Department will frame a new policy within six months in this issue.

No sooner had the minister made this announcement both the Shiv Sena and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), each in their own way claimed credit for the government making the announcement. Sena MLC, Dr Neelam Gorhe, claimed that the government will consider Sena' demand for issuing cinema tickets in Marathi and allowing outside eatables into cinema halls and multiplexes.

Moving the notice, Munde had argued against the cinema halls, multiplexes, food malls along the highways and malls barring people from bringing homemade or outside eatables into the premises, adding that they were selling eatables at exorbitant rates

Replying to the debate, Chavan stated that from August 1 government will not allow separate MRPs to be charged on eatables at two separate locations. Munde argued that the cinema hall and multiplexes owners bar people from bringing outside eatables and then sell their own eatables at exorbitant rates and demanded a law be enacted.

Chavan pointed out that as per the law passed by the Centre from August 1 there will be no different MRPs for one and the same product. He further added that the cinema hall and multiplexes have been allowed to sell off their existing products at higher rates by August 1.

Munde, however, slammed the government arguing that big producers have been given extra time to dispose off their old stock, but the same yardstick is not being applied to small time plastic manufacturers.

Minutes later, MNS in a statement issued here claimed victory, arguing that it was a victory that was a fallout of its agitation at PVR Multiplex in Pune. It argued that while the ordinary people were being looted the government kept mum.

The MNS added that despite the rap from the Bombay High Court the multiplex owners continued with their wanton behaviour. After MNS cadres in their own way agitated and faced one day detention, the representatives of the multiplex owners association met MNS President, Raj Thackeray, and agreed to reduce the rates of eatables and allow moviegoers to bring outside eatables into cinema halls and multiplexes.

Taking part in the debate, senior Sena MLC Dr Neelam Gorhe disclosed that movie tickets in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are issued in their own state languages. But in Maharashtra, movie tickets are issued in English. Replying to the queries, Chavan stated as per Maharashtra Rules 1966, moviegoers cannot be barred from bringing outside eatables into multiplexes.

He added that if any multiplexes are found doing such a thing action will be taken as per the law. On the issue of issuing movie tickets in Marathi, he added that the government will study the law and issue appropriate instructions to the multiplexes.

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