21 FIRs for sanitizer, mask overpricing: Haryana

21 FIRs and issued 766 challans to wholesale and retail druggists for over-pricing of masks and hand sanitisers over the past four months

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21 FIRs for sanitizer, mask overpricing
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The Haryana Food and Civil Supplies Department has lodged 21 FIRs and issued 766 challans to wholesale and retail druggists for over-pricing of masks and hand sanitisers over the past four months.

Cracking down

  • 1,762 wholesale dealers and 12,810 chemists checked across Haryana
  • 176 challans issued in Faridabad, 143 in Rohtak and 79 in Gurugram
  • 7 FIRs lodged in Mewat, 5 each in Faridabad and Rewari and 2 each in Panipat & Gurugram

On March 13, the Centre had included masks and hand sanitisers under the Essential Commodities Act and empowered states and UTs to regulate their production, quality and distribution.

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As the matter of fake sanitisers and their over-pricing has reached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the states of Haryana and Punjab and UT Chandigarh have been directed to submit action-taken reports by July 6.

As many as 1,762 wholesale drug dealers and 12,810 chemists have been inspected. Seven FIRs have been lodged in Mewat, five each in Faridabad and Rewari and two each in Panipat and Gurugram. Maximum challans (176) have been issued in Faridabad. “The challans are for minor offences and for the major ones. FIRs have been registered,” said PK Das, Additional Chief Secretary.

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