Cases registered for Overpricing Masks & Sanitizers – Legal Metrology Department

26-03-2020

11 cases for overpricing of masks and sanitizers & 17 cases for selling bottled drinking water at inflated price has been registered by the central zone of the Legal Metrology Department.

In nearly 150 inspections carried out from March 20 these cases were registered under the Packaged Commodities Rules.  In the wake od the novel Coronavirus the government has capped the maximum retail price of hand sanitisers at ₹100 per 200 ml bottle till June 30 this year. Similarly, the price of a 2 ply (surgical) mask was capped at ₹8 and that of 3 ply (surgical) mask at ₹10 till June 30.

The violators were selling 2 ply and 3 ply masks at ₹30 and ₹40 respectively. It was almost three to four times the price fixed by the government. Sanitisers were also found to be sold at two times above the prescribed rates. The metrology department has also set up complaint cells.

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