Maha govt used to buy #N95 from Venus Safety at ₹11.6 in 2019 & ₹17.3 + gst in Jan 2020. As soon as #COVIDー19 struck, price of same product went up to ₹42 (more than 250% increase). Now, same mask was available in market for ₹180-350 & more. That's more than a 1000% increase
Prices kept on increasing because the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) did not cap the MRP even after #N95 masks were notified as essential commodity under the Essential Commodities Act.
1000s of #Migrants from Bihar who gathered at #BandraStation today to board Shramik train were lathicharged by police. They told me “We’re waiting for our chance since May 6, after doing registration. In absence of food & wages, all we want is family. Are we asking for too much?”
Some of them are tailors, some painters, some used to do construction jobs. They tried going back to their jobs but contractors didn’t take them back as they aren’t required right now due to lockdown. Mostly of these workers told me “Haven’t had 2 square meals from last 2 months”
Mostly of these #MigrantWorkers hail from Bihar. They told me “We have been waiting to go back home since May5, even after doing registration & medical test. Everyday we’re sent back from the station. We don’t have any money now, families haven’t eaten two square meals for weeks”