Water bottles should be sold at MRP or not?
Being a foodie I always love eating and exploring every outlet which serves delicious and especially yummy sweet desserts. Though I enjoy my company with my love (Food) what I don’t like is restaurants selling the mineral water bottles above the MRP price. I mean why???
Well, for a while I was happy when the Central Government informed Supreme Court that selling of mineral water above MRP in the restaurants, hotels, etc. is illegal.
“Sale of packaged water over MRP by hotels and restaurants may have implications regarding tax evasion as a bottle purchased by a hotel at cost price, which should be sold at MRP or less, is being sold at much higher prices, leading to possible loss of additional revenue to the government in the form of service tax or excise duty etc.” the Government said.
My happiness shattered when the Central Government decision was overturned by SC. Provisions of Legal Metrology Act will not be applicable in selling bottled water in hotels and restaurants said the SC. (Section 36 of Legal Metrology Act criminalizes the sale of pre-packaged commodity above MRP.)
“It is not a case of simple sale. Nobody goes to the hotel to buy or take away a bottle of mineral water.” The bench observed.
Customers you still need to pay extra bucks!!!