Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 7
The authorities has determined to discontinue face masks and hand sanitisers as important commodities underneath the Essential Commodities Act 1955 (ECA), based on a Consumer Affairs Ministry notification.
“As on date, there aren’t any antagonistic studies from States/ Union Territories with respect to cost and availability for face masks and hand sanitisers. Therefore the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Department of Consumers Affairs, has determined to not proceed this stuff as important commodities underneath the EC Act 1955 past 30.06.2030, “ mentioned a ministry memorandum dated July 1, 2020
The authorities had put masks and hand sanitisers underneath EECA as much as June 30, 2020 to make sure correct availability of this stuff out there on the appropriate worth given the outbreak of coronavirus.
“Keeping in view that surgical masks, N95 masks and hand sanitizers are being available at great difficulty or at exorbitant prices, the government has declared these items as essential commodities by amending the Schedule of the Essential Commodities Act 1955,” it mentioned marking the objects as important commodities in March.
Earlier, the advice, as per a memorandum dated June 16, was that as lockdown has been relaxed, the demand for hand sanitisers might enhance shortly.
Therefore “its continued availability is of paramount importance” and “to ensure its availability at affordable rates” the validity needs to be elevated until December 31, 3020.