Masks, sanitisers, PPE declared as essentials, TN govt fixes MRP

Chennai: Fifteen medical items, including face masks and hand sanitisers, have been declared as essential items by the Tamilnadu government.

It has fixed the maximum retail prices for them under the Tamilnadu Essential Articles Control and Requisitioning Act.

In a statement, the Health and Family Welfare Department said, ‘The Director of Drugs Control has informed the government that in order to ensure the availability of essential medical items during the Covid-19 pandemic at reasonable prices to common man, it is necessary to declare certain items as essential under the Tamilnadu Essential Article Control and Requisitioning Act, 1949 and to fix the maximum price of the same.’

Following this, the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Banwarilal Purohit, fixed the maximum retail price of 200 ml of hand sanitisers at Rs 110, N95 masks at Rs 22, surgical mask-2 ply at Rs 3, surgical mask-3 ply at Rs 4, surgical mask-3 ply with non-woven melt-blown fabric at Rs 4.50 per piece.

The maximum price of a set of personal protective equipment (PPE) kit is fixed at Rs 273, while the price of a disposable apron is at Rs 12.


NT Bureau