COVID-19: Govt caps MRP of 200ml hand sanitizer at ₹100 till June

Earlier this month, the government had declared sanitizers and masks essential commodities" to prevent hoarding and price manipulation of such goods

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A World Health Organization standard hand sanitizer should contain 70% alcohol which helps kill the virus on the hands

In the backdrop of a sharp rise in prices of hand sanitizers amid coronavirus pandemic, the government on Saturday (March 21) decided to cap maximum retail price of the hygiene product at ₹100 per 200ml bottle till June 30 this year.

Similarly, price of a 2 ply (surgical) mask has been capped at ₹8 and that of 3 ply (surgical) mask at ₹10 till June 30, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said in a statement.

Related news: COVID-19: Govt notifies hand sanitizers, masks, gloves as essential commodities

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“The price cap has been imposed taking into account the sharp increase in prices of raw materials used in making of face masks and hand santizer,” Paswan said.

Earlier this month, the government had declared sanitizers and masks essential commodities” to prevent hoarding and price manipulation of such goods.

On March 19, the government had placed price limits on alcohols used in making hand sanitizer.

(With inputs from agencies)

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