April 4, 2020
by- Swastika Saxena
Coronavirus originated from Wuhan,( China)but within a span of 2 months reached almost every corner of the globe. So far this pandemic has killed over 53000 people and infected more than a million all over the world.
Deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity of the outbreak, the government placed MASKS and HAND SANITIZERS under the ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES ACT,1955 , but taking into consideration the level of black marketing and hoarding , SUPREME COURT on FRIDAY, directed to take strict actions against those indulging in hoarding and black marketing of essential goods.
The petition was filed by-
ADVOCATE AMIT KUMAR SHARMA and PRATEEK SHARMA ,the president SATYAM SINGH RAJPUT , an NGO- “JUSTICE FOR RIGHTS FOUNDATION” seeking fair and equitable distribution of face masks and sanitizers at CONTROLLED PRICES. The petitioners even complained that the steps taken were not implemented properly on time that is why they were ineffective. The NGO urged the top court to direct the government to make public the telephone numbers of the concerned officials and police officials so that people can lodge their complaints regarding the same. Police officials and authorities should be advised to take immediate steps to control the situation and stop black marketing of the essential goods.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta from the Central government side assured the SUPREME COURT that government will definitely look into the matter and would punish and publicize the helpline numbers for effective implementation as required for controlling the prices and curbing the black marketing.
Acting upon the plea, the division bench of Justice L. Nageswara Rao & Justice Deepak Gupta directed the Government to take all necessary steps to publicize the notification and that action are immediately and strictly taken against the violators