38.6c New Delhi, India, Sunday, May 19, 2024

Kerala Government Imposes Price Cap Of Rs. 13 Per Litre On Bottled Drinking Water Declaring It An Essential Commodity

By LawStreet News Network      14 February, 2020 01:02 PM      0 Comments
Kerala Government Imposes Price Cap On Bottled Drinking Water

The Kerala Government in a recent announcement on 13th February, 2020 has stated that after recognizing bottled water as an essential commodity, they have taken the decision of putting a price cap at Rs. 13, bringing it down from Rs. 20. Besides the price regulation, Kerala Government has also decided to make the Bureau of Indian Standards of water quality mandatory for all the water brands in order to remove the manufactures who follow the illegal structures relating to it. 

This decision to fix a price Cap was taken during an audit on bottled drinking water manufacturers, the meeting that was conducted between the State Government and these manufactures in 2018, came up with the fixed price ceiling. 

However, this decision was opposed by a few market players and hence got implemented in 2020 when the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan signed the Food Department Proposal. Food Minister P Thilothaman had said that including bottled drinking water as an essential commodity allowed the state to fix the price cap on the brands. 

“We have added it under the list of essential articles. This means that no private bottled drinking water manufacturers can sell their product at more than the fixed cap. This will remain uniform across the state,” P Thilothaman.

The Kerala Essential Articles Control Act, 1986 (13 of 1986) defines the term ‘essential article’ as any “any article, not being an essential commodity as defined in the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 (Central Act 10 of 1955), which may be declared by the Government by notified order to be an essential article."

There are over 300 brands of bottled drinking water. The Kerala Bottled Water Manufactures' Association has welcomed the government's move.


Author - Dyuti Pandya

Share this article:

User Avatar

Leave a feedback about this

Trending Judiciary
SC notice to EC on plea by ADR for release of voters turnout data

SC issues notice to EC on ADR plea to release voter turnout data. SC demands EC to disclose vote counts within 48 hours after each phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

18 May, 2024 11:16 AM
Trending CelebStreet
Delhi HC refuses Jackie Shroff interim relief against Youtuber 'UnfilteredThugesh' for using "Thug Life" in video on Shroff

The Delhi High Court has refused Jackie Shroff interim relief against Youtuber 'UnfilteredThugesh' for alleged personality rights' infringement.

18 May, 2024 05:20 PM


Trending Judiciary
Indian Courts this Week: Law Street Journal's Weekly Round-Up of SC & HCs [May 6 - May 10]

Get the latest updates from India's Supreme Court and the High Courts ! Here’s a round up of the week's top legal stories in a quick, easy-to-read summary.

13 May, 2024 10:29 AM
Trending Judiciary
SC dismisses Union govt's plea against bail to Maoist financer in case of attack on police party in Jharkhand [Read Judgment]

SC rejects govt's plea against bail for accused in Jharkhand police attack case, citing absence of violated bail conditions.

13 May, 2024 11:33 AM
Trending Judiciary
Supreme Court upholds gang rape conviction, though victim turned hostile [Read Judgment]

SC upholds gang rape conviction despite victim's hostility, affirming witness credibility in criminal trials.

13 May, 2024 12:24 PM
Trending Judiciary
Sanatana Dharma remarks SC seeks response from UP, Maha, Ktka, Bihar, J&K on Udhayanidhi's plea for clubbing FIRs

SC seeks response on Udhayanidhi's plea for clubbing FIRs related to his remarks on 'Sanatan Dharma'.

13 May, 2024 12:39 PM


Join Group

Signup for Our Newsletter

Get Exclusive access to members only content by email