At a time when the controversy over the use of alleged poor quality ‘Dhaman-1’ ventilators is yet to be over, the Gujarat government is surrounded with another controversy for profiteering in the sale of N95 masks from Amul Parlours.
Notably, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had on May 18 announced that triple-layered masks and N95 masks will be available at affordable prices at Amul Parlours across the state. He had announced that the N95 mask will be sold at Rs 65, whereas the triple-layered mask will be made available for Rs 5.
Now, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Amit Chavda has alleged that the Gujarat Medical Services Corporation Limited, which finalises rates for procurement of medical equipment in the state, had set the price for the N95 mask at Rs 49.61 on March 30.
— Amit Chavda (@AmitChavdaINC) May 22, 2020
“The mask is being procured at Rs 49.60 and now, the government is selling the same at Rs 65, thereby earning a profit of Rs 15. The Gujarat chief minister and the Prime Minister must answer why the government is profiteering amid the coronavirus pandemic and for whose benefit,” Chavda said.