Govt asks distilleries, sugar mills to manufacture hand sanitizers

Govt asks distilleries, sugar mills to manufacture hand sanitizers

In order to contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus in India, the government has asked distilleries, sugar mills and other manufacturers to maximise the production of hand sanitizers.

The government has allowed about 45 distilleries and 564 other manufacturers to produce hand sanitizers, and many more are being motivated to do the same in view of the current health emergency scenario in the country.

The government has also fixed the maximum retail price  of sanitizers. “The retail prices of hand sanitizers shall not be more than Rs 100 per bottle of 200ml; the prices of other quantities of hand sanitizers shall be fixed in the proportion of these prices,” a PIB release said.

Central and State Governments are taking all steps to ensure supply of essential items during the lockdown to combat the novel Coronavirus. In order to prevent spread of coronavirus, hand sanitizers are used by the public, health workers, hospitals etc.

Demand of sanitizers is increasing day by day and in order to maintain demand and supply balance, State Government authorities including Excise Commissioners, Cane Commissioners, Drug Controllers as well as District Collectors of various states have been advised to remove any bottlenecks in supply of ethanol/ENA to manufacturers of hand sanitizers and to give permissions/licenses to applicants including distilleries who intend to manufacture hand sanitizers.

Distilleries/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.