A team led by Drug Inspector Rupinder Kaur carried out these raids in the various shops of the district. She said that all surgical and protective masks and hand sanitizers have been declared as essential commodities under the Essential Commodities Act 1955 to ensure the availability of these items at the correct price in wake of the Corona Virus. The drug Inspector said that masks consisting of 2ply, 3ply surgical masks and N95 masks and hand sanitizers have been put in the list of essential commodities.
Rupinder Kaur said that these raids have been conducted to check the black marketing and overpricing of the masks and the sanitizers in the district. She said that during the raid no case of overpricing or black marketing was detected. However, the drug inspector said that if any person was found indulging in the hoarding, black marketing and profiteering would face the stern action under the relevant laws and rules.
Rupinder Kaur said that any sort of ‘artificial scarcity’ of the items like sanitizers and masks to fetch exorbitant rates was unwarranted and undesirable. She said that anyone selling these commodities more than its Maximum Retail Price (MRP) would not be tolerated at any cost. The drug inspector said that this malpractice would be checked with a heavy hand and the perpetrators of this heinous crime would be brought to book.
On the occasion, DFSO Rahul Kumar, Metrology Inspector Ramesh Bhatti and others were also present.