The government has issued a directive to reduce the price of three-ply masks to Rs 16. The mask for earlier being sold for Rs 30 at medical stores in Mumbai.
The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority tweeted the official gazette on March 26.
The order read: “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section 2A and section 3, of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 (10 of 1955), the Central Government, hereby makes the following Order, to regulate the prices of masks (2ply & 3ply), the Melt Blown non-Woven Fabric (MBNWF) and other materials used as raw material in production of masks, masks (2ply & 3ply) for preventing infections due to COVID-19 virus.”
“The retail prices of 3ply surgical mask contain a layer of Melt Blown non-Woven Fabric shall not be more than Rs 16 per piece.”
The notification will remain in force until June 30, 2020.
First Published: IST