The Supreme Court of India has held in Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India vs Union of India that hotels and restaurants can charge prices higher than the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) on bottled water sold to customers. The decision deals with the applicability of the Legal Metrology Act, 2009 and the Packaged Commodity Rules, 2011 to the sale of bottled water under a composite contract of service and held that sale of goods as part of such services are not covered by laws mandating goods to be sold at MRP.


HARYANA: With a view to protecting the poor homeless from the intense cold weather, the Haryana Government has set up 103-night shelters across the state, and 30 mobile night shelters will be set up in nine cities within a week to meet the increasing demand.

Disclosing this here  Mrs Kavita Jain, Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister, said the Urban Local Bodies Department was making adequate arrangements to provide the facility of night shelter in all municipal areas for poor homeless people. She urged social welfare organizations to contribute to better management of the night shelters.

Mrs Jain said the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, himself was closely monitoring proper arrangements at these night shelters. The municipal administration in 80 cities has made adequate arrangements for mattresses, quilts and blankets after identifying night shelters.

Additional arrangements have been sought by the administration in Gurgaram, Faridabad, Rohtak, Bahadurgarh, Yamunanagar, Panipat, Sonepat, Panchkula and Kurukshetra, for which approval for setting up 30 mobile night shelters had been given. Out of these, 17 shelters have already been set up and the remaining would be in working order within a week. Mrs Jain urged the general public to generate awareness among the needy homeless to make use of these night shelters, and also inform the civic authorities and officers of the district administration about any requirement or improvement to be made.

HARYANA: Haryana Government has directed all the Additional Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries to ensure that honorarium is granted in the most deserving cases and recommendations for honorarium should be restricted to rare and deserving cases and not as a matter of routine.

While giving this information today, an official spokesman said that the cases could be recommended by giving detailed justification in case of each individual employee and in no individual case, the amount of honorarium should exceed Rs 10,000 in a financial year.

He said that it had become an unhealthy trend in many of the departments for recommending the honorarium over the limits imposed in the rules. They had been directed to strictly adhere to the provisions of rule 50 to 53 of Chapter-V of Haryana Civil Services (Allowances to Government Employees) Rules, 2016 while making the recommendation for the honorarium, he added.

They had also been directed to ensure that honorarium as remuneration is recommended for work performed which is occasional or intermittent in character and either so laborious or of such special merit to justify a special reward for it. The recommendation for honorarium should be restricted to the rare and exceptional case, he added.