“About 45 distilleries and 564 other manufacturers have been granted permission to produce hand sanitisers. More than 55 distilleries are likely to be given permission in one or two days and many more are being motivated to produce sanitisers in this scenario. There will be sufficient supply of hand sanitisers for the consumers and hospitals,” consumer affairs ministry said in a release.
The ministry said that the central and state governments are taking all steps to ensure supply of essential items during the lockdown to combat the novel Corona virus.
“In order to maintain demand and supply balance, state government authorities including Excise Commissioners, Cane Commissioners, Drug Controllers as well as District Collectors have been advised to remove any bottlenecks in supply of ethanol or extra neutral alcohol used to manufacturer hand sanitisers,” the release said.
The centre has also asked states to give permissions and licenses to applicants including distilleries who intend to manufacture hand sanitizers.
“Distilleries and sugar mills which can produce hand sanitizers in bulk have also been motivated to manufacture hand sanitizers. These manufacturers have also been asked to work in three shifts to maximize their output,” the release said.
The government has already put hand sanitisers under Essential Commodities Act fixing its maximum retail price.
The retail prices of hand sanitizers shall not be more than Rs 100 per bottle of 200 ml; the prices of other quantities of hand sanitizers shall be fixed in the proportion of these prices.