Assam Excise department starts free distribution of hand sanitizers, targets to distribute 5 crore bottles
By Hemanta Kumar Nath, 31/03/2020, Agartala

In the wake of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Assam government has started free distribution of hand sanitizer. At an initiative of the Assam Excise department, 11 liquor manufacturing companies in the state will be supplied 5 crore bottles of 200 ml of sanitizers free of cost. Assam Excise minister Primal Suklabaidya had flagged off a hand sanitizer loaded truck in Cachar district and other top officials of the department had also flagged off few other trucks in Guwahati. 

Assam Excise department PRO Sailen Pandey said that, the initiative has been taken following a series of discussions between state Excise minister Parimal Suklabaidya and the liquor manufacturing companies of the state. “More than 5 lakh litres of sanitizers will be supplied free of cost as part of the CSR activities by the liquor companies of Assam as per the direction of the state Excise minister. The state excise department is targeting to supply 5 lakh litres of hand sanitizer to the state health department. 11 liquor manufacturing companies have already started their works,” Sailen Pandey said. 

Following the directive by the state Excise department, 11 liquor manufacturing firms have started producing the hand sanitizers according to the guidelines set up by WHO, Essential Commodities Act and Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940. Guwahati based Seven Sister Trade & Distilleries (P) Ltd Director Parthana Hazarika said that, her company will supply 2 lakh bottles of 200 ml hand sanitizers. 

“We are very happy to get this opportunity and we have already started producing the sanitizers. We have sent 100 cartons of hand sanitizers,” Parthana Hazarika said. On the other hand, Guwahati based another company Aroma India Group’s Managing Director Amit Kumar Jain said that – “We feel that we should come forward and support the initiative taken by the Assam government.” “We have made the hand sanitizers and today it has been flagged off to various places,” Amit Kumar Jain said.