Congress assaults govt over removing of masks, hand sanitisers as important commodities

New Delhi, July 10

The Congress on Friday attacked the Centre over the removing of face masks and hand sanitisers as important commodities, asking why the federal government needs folks to be charged excessive costs for these things amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face masks and hand sanitisers are not any extra important merchandise as their provide is adequate within the nation and, subsequently, at the moment are saved out of the purview of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955, Consumer Affairs Secretary Leena Nandan had mentioned on Tuesday.

Tagging an workplace memorandum issued by the Consumer Affairs Ministry on the removing of the objects as important commodities along with his tweet attacking the federal government, Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned the federal government has eliminated face masks and hand sanitisers as ‘essential commodities’ and now they “can be sold at any MRP”.

“On June 16, BJP government said—As lockdown has been relaxed, demand for hand sanitisers may increase and it should continue to be covered under EC Act till Dec 31, 2020,” Surjewala mentioned in a sequence of tweets.

If on June 16, hand sanitisers had been ‘essential commodities’ up until December 30, 2020, then what modified in 15 days, he requested.

“Why does the Government wants the people to be charged high prices? Why no price limit on these essentials to fight COVID-19? Is the war on COVID over?” he requested.

On March 13, the Union Consumer Affairs Ministry had declared face masks and hand sanitisers as important commodities for 100 days to spice up provide and forestall hoarding of this stuff in its battle to examine the unfold of coronavirus.

Masks (2-ply and 3-ply surgical masks, N95 masks) and hand sanitisers had been introduced underneath the Essential Commodities Act, empowering states to control manufacturing, distribution and costs of this stuff and likewise crackdown on hoarding and black advertising and marketing. PTI


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