Maharashtra government has allowed home-cooked food into multiplex cinema halls from August 1 and also warned of action against anyone not allowing people to do so. Maharashtra Food supply minister Ravindra Chavan asserted that state government will formulate a policy to take action against multiplexes that do not comply with the order. He added that there can’t be different prices for a single product across the state.
“People should be allowed to carry food items along with them in cinema halls and in multiplexes in Maharashtra. State Government will formulate policy on what action is to be taken against halls/multiplexes which don’t comply,” Ravindra Chavan was quoted by ANI as saying,
Speculations are rife about the state government asking multiplexes to bring down the MRP of food items being sold in its premises. The government is slated to hold meetings with multiplexes to ask them to bring the food prices at par with market levels.
The decision has come in the wake of Shiv Sena workers beating a movie manager in Pune. MNS worker, identified as Kishor Shinde was seen beating a movie theatre manager over high prices of food items in the movie hall.
Earlier, the Bombay High Court rapped the state government and multiplexes on how they were not allowing people to bring in foodstuff procured from outside and were charging an exorbitant amount from people who bought food products from within the multiplexes.
The Bombay High Court is hearing a petition on the matter filed by Mumbai resident Jainendra Baxi. The petitioner has contended that there was no legal or statutory provision prohibiting people from carrying home-cooked items into film theatres.
Baxi’s counsel Aditya Pratap had said that the licence issued by the state government should have clear clause against cinema halls banning personal food.