To ensure the manufacturers do not milk the situation for their good by skyrocketing the price of hand-sanitiser and face masks, the government of India has capped the price of the two medical commodities.
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that the country have reported a surge in the price of the two aforementioned commodities and thus is limiting the prices of the same for people’s convenience.
“Since the outbreak of coronavirus, the market has seen a huge increase in the prices of various face masks and materials used in its manufacture and hand sanitizer. Taking this seriously, the government has fixed their prices,” Paswan announced on Twitter.
Paswan, under the Essential Commodities Act, limited the cost of fabric used in making two-and-three-ply masks to Rs 8 and Rs 10 respectively.
The price of a 200 ml sansitiser bottle has also been fixed at Rs. 100 till 30 June, 2020. “Other sizes of the bottle will also be priced in the same proportion. These prices will be applicable across the country till June 30,” he said.
Amidst the outbreak of coronavirus, which increased by 63 cases on Friday in India, the government is taking all the steps to limit the pandemic spread.
For the same, the PM of India announced a Janat Curfew on Sunday and requested all people to stay at home to cut the chain of transmission of the virus from one person to another.
Janta Curfew, as per PM Modi, would be successful if everyone in the country, starting from 7 A.M. in the morning to 9 P.M. on March 22, stay at their respective homes distancing themselves from the world.
Amidst the Janata curfew, all passenger trains, metros, government and private organisation, most of the airline services, auto rickshaws service will remain suspended. No passenger trains will run from 12 am-10 pm on March 22.