Face Mask, Sanitizer out of Essential Commodities Act, told by governmentJuly 7, 2020
Coronavirus Update: The Central Government has now removed the face mask and sanitizer from the Essential Commodities Act. The reason behind taking this decision has been stated that there is enough availability of these goods in the country and there is no shortage in the market. On 13 March, the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs declared face masks and sanitizers as essential items for 100 days. Its purpose was to increase the supply of these items and to stop hoarding to stop the spread of corona virus. Consumer Affairs Secretary Meena Nandan said on Tuesday that there is an adequate supply of face masks and sanitizers in the country. Therefore, they have now been excluded from the purview of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. Nandan said, both these products were declared as essential items till June 30. We are not pushing it forward, Because there is sufficient supply in the country. He said that the decision in this regard was taken after consultation with the state governments. He said, we have taken information from all the states that there is sufficient supply of these two items. No supply concerns.