Aurangad/ Mumbai: Maharashtra state has become the first state in country to get masks at affordable prices for common man, says Health Minister, Rajesh Tope.
According to the official press statement on today stated that, a committee appointed to control the price of masks and sanitizers against the backdrop of corona submitted its report to the state government on yesterday.
As per reports masks will now be available at affordable prices for the common man and Maharashtra has become the first state to take such a decision.
The N-95 mask will be available for around Rs 19 to Rs 50 depending on the type, while the double and triple layer masks will be available for just Rs three to four.
The process of deciding the price fixed by the committee is in the final stage and after the approval of the government, it will be mandatory to sell the masks at the revised rate, he further said.
Giving details about report Mr Tope further added that before the Corona outbreak, N95 mask used to be sold for Rs 40.
In March, the same mask went up from Rs 40 to Rs 175 means their rates have increased by 437.5 per cent.
Some N-95 masks have been sold for up to Rs 250. The committee observed that the triple and double layer masks were sold at Rs 16 to Rs 8 and the prices increased by more than 160 per cent, he mentioned.