Vijay C Roy
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 6
On July 30, the Mumbai police seized duplicate N95 and V-410 masks price Rs 21.39 lakh. On March 31, the Bengaluru police claimed to have busted a faux N95 mask-making racket and seized 12,000 items. Similarly, a faux masks manufacturing unit was unearthed in Noida in March.
There have been a number of situations throughout the nation when the law-enforcement companies raided faux masks and sanitiser-making items.
There is a large demand for N95 masks throughout the nation. However, the presence of counterfeit merchandise and lack of knowledge amongst folks is affecting our gross sales. — Ashwani Garg, associate, Paayas company, Ludhiana
The Covid pandemic has resulted in an enormous demand for N95 masks throughout the nation. However, the prevalence of counterfeit merchandise is defeating the aim of authentic producers, particularly these licensed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
“There is a huge demand for N95 masks. However, the presence of counterfeit products and lack of awareness among people is affecting our sales,” mentioned Ashwani Garg, associate of Ludhiana-based Paayas Corporation. His firm was the primary within the area to obtain BIS certification for N95 masks.
“We have an installed capacity of 80,000 masks per day but at the moment we are operating on less than 15% capacity in the absence of orders,” he mentioned. A Maharashtra-based agency additionally mentioned it was but to utilise its optimum capability.
The BIS-certified masks producers have demanded that the federal government should act in opposition to the producers of faux masks.
Gurugram-based Rosmerta Technologies additionally obtained BIS certification final month. A senior official of the corporate mentioned they had been specializing in authorities orders. It is obligatory for the producers to get BIS certification earlier than supplying to the federal government departments.
Across the nation, there are 12 BIS-certified N95 masks producers. Six are in Maharashtra and one every in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
In June, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority suggested all producers and importers of N95 masks to acquire the requisite certification from the BIS.