NEW DELHI: The government, on Thursday, announced to regulate the production, prices, distribution, quality and other aspects of the alcohol used in the manufacturing of hand sanitisers till June 2020 to keep a check on prices of hand sanitisers under the Essential Commodities Act 1955.

“The price of alcohol used in manufacturing hand sanitisers shall not exceed from those prevailing on March 5, 2020 without concurrence of the central government. The order may be called ingredients and the prices of ingredients as raw materials of Essential commodities order, 2020,” the order stated.

According to senior official of consumer affairs ministry, serious action will be taken on those violating the directives.

“After the outbreak of Corona virus the consumption of hand sanitisers grew multiple folds. The price of alcohol also increased from Rs 74 per litres to more than Rs 200 per litres. This has led to increase in the prices of hand sanitisers,” said a consumer affairs ministry official.

A few days back, the consumer affairs ministry had put masks and hand sanitisers under Essential Commodities Act to keep a check on these items which are being used at large scale to fight Corona Virus.

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