50,000 litre Alcohol to be used to make hand sanitisers from Rajesh Tope's cooperative sugar factory

Tope controls Samarth cooperative sugar factory in Jalna which is his home town as well and has decided to use the alcohol produced at the factory to make sanitisers amid urgent demand.

50,000 litre Alcohol to be used to make hand sanitisers from Rajesh Tope's cooperative sugar factory
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Amid the urgent demand of sanitisers due to the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak, Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope has decided to utilise 50,000 litres of alcohol generated by his own cooperative sugar factory, to manufacture the hand sanitizer. 

According to a report published in Times of India, Tope controls Samarth cooperative sugar factory in Jalna which is his home town as well and has decided to use the alcohol produced at the factory to make sanitisers.

The permission for the same has been taken from the centre, the state excise department and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). State excise commissioner Kantila Umap said that Jalna product will be available within a week while adding that the government took up the sanitiser shortage with leading distilleries.

“The Centre asked state-level administrations to remove any bottlenecks in the supply of ethanol to manufacturers of hand sanitisers and grant permission and licenses to the applicants,” TOI quoted Umap as saying. 

In the wake of the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak, there is an urgent need of hand sanitisers in the market. There have been reports that people are hoarding essentials such as hand sanitisers. 

However, the Maharashtra government earlier urged the people to not indulge in panic buying stating that essential will be available during the 21-days nationwide lockdown. The state government earlier allowed grocery and medical stores to remain open for 24 hours. 

On Thursday night, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked all District Collectors to search for those stranded including pilgrims, labours and others and make sure that they are taken care of amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

Meanwhile, Tope has demanded immediate approved from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for testing of the coronavirus in six medical colleges in Maharashtra. 

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