Indian minister cracks down on high food prices at five-star hotels
JW Marriott Chandigarh was fined for overcharging for bananas
India’s Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan is seeking an explanation from five-star hotels in the country after a post about overpriced eggs and bananas went viral.
Recently, Indian actor Rahul Bose shared a post where he was charged INR442.50 (US$ 6.21) for two bananas at the JW Marriott Chandigarh.
That was followed by another one where a guest was charged INR1,500 ($21.07) for two boiled eggs at Four Seasons in Mumbai.
You have to see this to believe it. Who said fruit wasn’t harmful to your existence? Ask the wonderful folks at @JWMarriottChd #goingbananas #howtogetfitandgobroke #potassiumforkings pic.twitter.com/SNJvecHvZB— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) July 22, 2019
Both posts that went viral on social media got the attention of Paswan, who stated that changes will also be made while framing rules and regulations under the new Consumer Protection Act to clamp down on such cases, media in India reported.
The minister also added that luxury hotels charging exorbitant rates for food items like bananas and eggs is “unfair trade practice,” Deccan Herald reported.
Meanwhile, the JW Marriott property in Chandigarh was fined INR25,000 ($351.02) for “illegal tax” on two bananas as fresh fruits are not taxable under India’s Goods and Services Tax law.