BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: After being flooded with complaints of black-marketing of masks and hand sanitizers, the West Bengal health department has notified stringent rules regarding the maximum stock of the two products that stockists and retailers can keep.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state, people, including hospital staff, were complaining about the non-availability of masks and hand sanitizers, a situation that was apparently being exploited by blacl-marketeers.
Taking cognizance of such voices, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the Enforcement Branch to conduct regular raids at the godowns of the stockists and even medicine shops across the state and check on the stocks.
On Friday, health secretary Vivek Kumar in an order said that from now, a retail medicine shop would be allowed to store only 200 pieces of 2 ply masks and 200 pieces of the 3 ply variety.
Stockists can store 3000 pieces of 2 ply masks and another 3,000 pieces of the 3 ply ones. Retailers can store upto 100 pieces of N95 masks and for the stockist, the figure is 1000 pieces.
As far as hand sanitizer is concerned, retailers can keep 5,000 liters and stockists 10,000 litres.