According to the recent reports, Government has sent notification to the Supreme Court that, charging Packaged Drinking Waterbottle above MRP in Hotels and restaurants was an offence under the Legal Metrology Act and it would attract monetary penalties and even jail terms. According to the news article in The Economic Times, dated on Dec 13, 2017, The Supreme Court has rejected this argument by the Govt. and allowed Hotels and Restaurants to sell Packaged Drinking Water bottle more than the maximum retail price (MRP).
The court in its judgment said that, there are lot of other services provided by the Hotels and Restaurants. Thus, they cannot come under Legal Metrology Act. This judgment of SC was based on the special leave petition filed by the FHRAI.
Mr. Garish Oberoi, president of the FHRAI, said that, People do not come to the Hotels just to buy Packaged Drinking WaterBottle. There are other costs too involved in the Bill and there is a service that is rendered. The Act cannot be applicable to them.
In Jalandhar, the Health Department has raided on illegal Packaged Drinking Water Units. In this raid, the Officers of the health department have cancelled the Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) license of one of the Packaged Drinking Units.
The other three Packaged Drinking Water Units were running without having mandatory BIS and FSSAI license. So, the officers immediately issued a notice to the units to stop the production of the Packaged Drinking Water.
DHO Dr. Balwinder Singh said that, they have collected the samples of water from various Packaged Drinking Water units in the district and shall be sending written request to the food commissioner for the power to seal the unlicensed Packaged Drinking Water units.
As, after the declaration of the ban on plastic Packaged Drinking Water Bottles at govt. offices and hotels in Maharashtra, water bottle manufacturers have opposed this decision and experts also felt that the glass bottles are unsafe. Now, Maharashtra Govt. came up with the new solution for this ban.
Please Read Our Article on: Ban on Plastic Packaged Drinking Water Bottles at Govt. Offices and Hotels in Maharashtra.
The state environment department has given 3-months ultimatum to the Plastic bottle manufacturers and mineral water firms to set up a reverse supply mechanism and recycling plants. And if, bottle manufacturers failed to implement this, then the ban on Packaged Drinking Water Bottleswill be enforced in the state.
State environment minister Ramdas Kadam said that, According to the Plastic Rules, 2016, manufacturers of plastic items have an extended responsibility of getting it back from the consumer. So, the manufacturers must adopt a buy-back mechanism and apply the reverse supply mechanism to collect the used plastic bottles back from the consumers. Further that, they have to recycle plastic bottles and re-manufacture them again.”
Further they added that, currently, there are around 1,200 unauthorizedPackaged Drinking Water Bottle units running in the state and a stringent action will be taken on them soon.
As per the news article in the ‘The Hindu’ Newspaper,Due to the increasing problem of shortage of Drinking Water in Palakkad, Kerala; many unlicensed Packaged Drinking Water units were flooding in the State. The seller of 20-litre cans taking the maximum advantage of this problem and many of them are selling unprocessed water in 20-litre cans.
Based on the received complaints about supply of unsafe drinking water, the food safety department started taking legal action against Packaged Drinking Water units supplying untreated water and two water bottling units were sealed by the officers. The concerned officials will raid on licensed units too and will take a strict action against the violators. Officials have started collecting the samples from water bottling units to check purity of the water. Food Safety Officer told that, selling of non-purified water not only violates the law but it can also cause many health hazards to the people.
The M. E. Muhammed, president of Kerala Bottled Water Manufacturers Association said that, currently, there are only 10 licensed water bottling units at present running in the district. It is mandatory to obtain the licenses from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and FSSAI for every water bottling units. They must have their own in-house quality control labs and experts to check the quality of the water regularly.
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According to latest reports, the Maharashtra Govt. issued a ban on Packaged Drinking Water Bottles at Govt. Offices and Hotels to become a plastic free state from March 2018. Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam said that, they will send team to six States of the country, including Himachal Pradesh and Kerala to achieve the plastic-free status and study their model.
The minister further added that, they will first implement the rule in the Maharashtra and then will ask others to follow it. The government will use the funds under the District and Development Committees (DPDC).
Nowadays, people are more cautious about health and consumption of Packaged Drinking Water has increased at an alarming rate in India as people consider the packaged drinking water safe and pure. There is no doubt that, Plastic bottles are creating unnecessary waste in landfills and water sources, but Packaged Drinking Water bottles are supplying clean and pure water to the people. Don’t you think that, instead of banning Plastic Packaged Drinking Water Bottles at Govt. Offices and Hotels in Maharashtra, there should be plastic bottle disposal machines at every govt. offices and hotels?
Here’s good news for people in Hyderabad. Passengers will get freeDrinking Water at every metro station, on the start of commercial operation of the metro stations. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS & SB) has already started providing water connections to metro stations.
The HMRL will use revenues from the sale of tickets and will also use the structures like mall and multiplexes. The Water Board said that, they will charge tariffs to the metro stations under the commercial category and for non-operational metro stations, they will charge domestic tariffs.
Each metro station has been allotted a unique ‘consumer account number’by Water Board and using this account number, stations will have to generate monthly water bill. HMWS & SB officials said that, they will be supplying, 50 lakh litres of water per day to each metro station.
The Health Department along with the food supplies officer has started taking legal actions against Water Plants running without proper licenses in Ludhiana. Officers raided on one of the illegal water plant and sealed it off.
District health officer Andesh Kang said that, they got information about water plant and after checking it was confirmed that, water plant was supplying unverified water. This water plant was supplying Packaged Drinking Watermostly at Marriage functions and Parties.
He also added that, they immediately destroyed Packaged Drinking Water bottles found in the plant, as the owner failed to produce the proper certificate and took water samples to check the purity of the supplied water. Further actions will be taken based on the report of the samples. They will be raiding on all other Water Plants and will take stringent actions against illegal Water Plants.
It is mandatory to have licenses from Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for every Water Plant. To know more about required Licensed Please Read.
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Many Commercial Establishments in India are fooling their customers by charging Packaged Drinking Water bottles above MRP including fake charges for GST. The Legal Metrology Department in Hyderabad received many complaints against hotels for selling Packaged Drinking Water above MRP.
District Legal Metrology inspector, S Nirmal Kumar said that, they received complaints against hotels, which are selling Packaged Drinking Water Bottle with an excess price and after checking it is confirmed. One of the Hotels was selling Water for Rs. 70.80 including GST, and the actual MRP including GST was Rs. 20 per bottle. Other hotel was selling three 500 ml water bottles for Rs. 265.50 including GST where the actual price of each water bottle is Rs. 12.
The official said that, Commercial Establishment cannot sell packaged items above MRP. Cases were registered, under the violation of The Rule 18 (2) of the Legal Metrology (packaged commodities) Rules 2011, of the Legal Metrology Act with 18/36 of legal Metrology Act 2009. Hotel Management will be charged a penalty of Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 25,000.
As per the latest news India is leading the world in air and water pollution. Pollution has the large impact on human health. The Government stepped forward to control the water pollution. The major source of water pollution in India is untreated sewage. So, the Union environment ministry has tightened the norms for the quality of water which is discharge into water bodies and other sites by the sewage treatment plants (STPs).
According to the survey, only 3 out of India’s 28 states and union territories in India are meeting the required operating standards of sewage treatment. The environment ministry improved standards for four parameters to determine water quality, namely; pH value, Bio-Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Total Suspended Solids (TSS) and Fecal Coliform (FC).
These new norms will be applied to all sewage treatment plants after June 2019, and all existing plants have to comply with them within the next five years. These standards do not apply, if the treated sewage discharged into a water bodies is used for industrial purposes. The standards will be applied only if; it is come in the contact with the human bodies.
The main motive of the government is to encourage reuse and recycling. However, it is more necessary to control the sewage discharged into the water bodies because if the sewage is more than the capacity of sewage treatment plants (STPs) or the sewerage network, then it will be critical to handle the situation. All the industries and the local bodies should come up together and cooperate to the government to fight with the water pollution.
The consumers are already very unhappy about higher MRP on Packaged Drinking Water and now some vendors are selling Packaged Drinking Water by adding GST even if MRP (Maximum retail price) is always inclusive of all taxes. Concerned activists in Chennai raised this issue in the seminar of GST.
In the seminar on GST, organized by Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group and Consumers Association of India , MMM Abdul Kader from Consumer Bureau of India said that, He was asked to pay above MRP due to GST, which is a clear violation of rule under the anti-profiteering clauses of the GST Act. Uma Shanthi, Assistant Commissioner, GST Commissionerate told that, Consumers can file a complaint against such violation onwww.tnlegalmetrology.in
The Laws explained in this Seminar of the GST in Chennai for Packaged Drinking Water:
Allowed increase in price of packed product with a sticker of new MRP only until September 30. But, a sticker is not allowed on new stock.
If the Manufacturer wants to increase the cost of the packaged product because of the inclusion of GST, he needs to publish an advertisement in at least two newspapers. And In case if, the price decreases including GST then, manufacturer just need to display the new price. In each of the case, the old price should be visible for the consumer.
If any vendor is selling packaged drinking water at higher MRP without following rule, then the legal action will be taken against him, including a penalty of one year in jail or a fine up to Rs. One lakh.
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