After Customers Overcharged For Bananas, Eggs, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan Seeks Explanation From Hotels

The minister asserted that provisions will also be made while framing rules and regulations under the recently enacted Consumer Protection Act to crack down on such cases.

After Customers Overcharged For Bananas, Eggs, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan Seeks Explanation From Hotels
Another user on social media complained that he was charged Rs 850 for an omelette. (File Photo/ Getty)
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 13 Aug 2019 06:06 PM
New Delhi: Days after Bollywood actor Rahul Bose was charged exorbitantly for two bananas in a Chandigarh hotel, a similar incident has come to light where a customer was charged Rs 1,700 for two boiled eggs in a four season hotel in Mumbai. A Twitter user, named Kartik Dhar, recently posted a picture of his bill, which showed a charge of Rs 1,700 for two-boiled eggs in four seasons hotel in Mumbai. Additionally, the user on social media complained that he was charged Rs 850 for an omelette.

The user, who is an author of All The Queen's Men, captioned the picture, "2 eggs for Rs 1,700 at Four Seasons. Rahul Bose Bhai Andolan Kare?" Speaking about the reports of hotels charging way too much for food items, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Tuesday said that five-star hotels charging exorbitant rate for food items like bananas and eggs is 'unfair trade practice' and the government will seek explanations from them.


The minister asserted that provisions will also be made while framing rules and regulations under the recently enacted Consumer Protection Act to crack down on such cases. Paswan was referring to a video that recently went viral in which actor Rahul Bose was seen complaining about five-star hotel JW Marriott, Chandigarh for billing two bananas for Rs 442. One more complaint of charging Rs 1,700 for two boiled eggs by another 5-star hotel has also gone viral on social media.

"There are complaints and reports in social media and media about overcharging by some five-star hotels for items like bananas and eggs. This is a serious and unfortunate matter," Paswan told reporters here. The minister wondered how five-star hotels could charge Rs 442 for two bananas and Rs 1,700 for two eggs when these items were sold in the open market at very cheap rates. "How much they (hotels) will charge for services offered," he quipped.

Paswan said the department will seek explanations from the fiver-star hotels concerned on what basis they have charged such huge amounts. "We will not allow dual MRP (maximum retail price)," he said, adding that the government will make rules to check such practices under the Consumer Protection Act that was recently passed by Parliament.

Speaking on the sidelines after the minister's press conference, Consumer Affairs Secretary Avinash K Srivastava said, "Prima facie it is an unfair trade practice. As the minister has directed, we will seek explanations from these hotels." He further said that action would be taken against such hotels if they are found indulging in such unfair practices.

The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) had however defended JW Marriott, Chandigarh when the controversy broke out saying the hotel did not do anything "illegal" and asserted it did the right thing by charging 18 per cent GST on food and beverages served in the hotel premises.

The FHRAI had argued that unlike a retail store where bananas could be purchased at market price, a hotel offers service, quality, plate, cutlery, accompaniment, sanitised fruit, ambience and luxury, and not just the commodity alone.

(With inputs from PTI)

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