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State Consumer Welfare Forum: Consumer forum hails home food order at halls, Retail News, ET Retail

P
une: The State Consumer Welfare Forum has welcomed the Bombay high court order allowing home food at cinema halls and said the state home department would have to formulate rules for the same.

Chairman of state consumer welfare advisory committee Arun Deshpande told TOI that it was against the rules not to allow consumers to bring home food to cinema houses. “I have been advocating the same in many sessions held across the state in the last three weeks. The recent order, in response to a PIL, only reiterates our stand,” stated Deshpande.

PIL litigant Jainendra Baxi had filed the complaint and the HC issued the order that the state needs to formulate rules with suggestions from the litigant.

The court took cognizance of complaints made by the petitioner who pointed out that cinema halls restrict patrons from bringing outside food and thus resort to profiteering by charging more than the MRP for food products sold inside cinema halls.

The Bombay high court directed the state to frame guidelines for the same and directed the petitioner to give suggestions to the state for allowing home food inside cinema halls.

The Maharashtra Cinemas (Regulation) Rules, 1966, prohibits hawking and sale of food inside the auditorium. The rule is so openly flouted that the PIL sought directions to the government to formulate guidelines for the same.

An official at a leading cineplex told TOI that they were not aware of the notification. “We have not received any circular,’’ said the official.

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