Maharashtra’s sugar mills, distilleries begin production of hand sanitisers to ensure availability to the government hospitals


Pune: With the rise in Coronavirus cases in India, also there is a huge demand of sanitizers to stop spread the Covid-19. Many sugar mills and distilleries across India are helping India to produce more sanitizers. Sugar mills and distilleries in Maharashtra are also playing a key role in the same.

According to the Hindustan Times, state’s sugar commissioner Saurabh Rao said, “A daily production of 3.10 lakh litres of sanitiser began in the state over the last four days.”

He said, “The demand of sanitizers was increased owing to the threat of Covid-19 and the central government had issued instructions that the distilleries run by sugar mills to produce sanitizers. 19 sugar mills from Maharashtra have permission and they have begun the production from last four days.” The sanitizers will be supplied to the medical colleges and government hospitals, he said.

In order to prevent spread of corona virus, hand sanitizers are used by 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 the 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.

In order to ensure that hand sanitizers are made available to general public and hospitals at a reasonable price, 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.


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