The World Health Organization has suggested regular hand washing to prevent coronavirus. In fact, experts are giving utmost importance to keeping hands, nose and mouth clean to prevent the spread of the disease.
According to them, we need to keep our hands clean at all times. Note that respiratory viruses, such as coronavirus, spread when they enter the body through the mucus in the eyes, nose or throat, and most often through the hands.
Needless to say, frequent hand washing is one of the simplest, most effective and effective ways to prevent the spread of this dangerous virus that is spreading worldwide. Hopefully, by responding to the government’s call for prevention of coronavirus at the moment of disaster in the nation, the Jamuna Distilleries Limited, a bodybuilding company of Jamuna Group, has taken initiative to manufacture hand sanitizer and supply it to the public at a reduced cost.
While the initiative is praiseworthy, there are several obstacles to hand sanitizer access to the public at a reduced cost. One of these is the high tariff on the ‘rectified spirit’ produced by the country and the VAT on the production stage. One of the raw materials for hand sanitizer production is imported ‘iso propyl alcohol’ or ‘ethyl alcohol’ or ‘rectified spirit’ produced in the country.
Among these, rectified spirits are more effective in the production of hand sanitizer. In such a situation, to make hand sanitizer available, it is necessary to exempt the tariff of Rs. 4 per liter on rectified spirits produced in the country and VAT at the production stage. Otherwise, the price of hand sanitizer in the market will go up, which will jeopardize the victory of the ongoing war against coronavirus.
In the wake of a similar lockdown around the world under the influence of Corona, the drug companies that have manufactured hand sanitizers using ‘iso propyl alcohol’ for longer than a month have been unable to keep up due to lack of raw materials. Due to the ‘iso propyl alcohol’ crisis, after contact with Keru & Company and the companies producing rectified spirits, including the Jamuna Distilleries Limited, the Jammu Distillery approved the necessary approval of the Jamuna Distillation on temporary basis.
No doubt, if exemptions are made on the tariffs on drug tariffs and production levels, distillery companies that receive temporary non-certification in the production of sanitizers and supply of raw materials on an emergency basis will be able to market it at a reduced cost. However, a notification issued from the NBR on March 22 that the amended order should be issued that all exemption duty on import of ‘iso propyl alcohol’ will apply to the production and marketing of ‘rectified spirit’ produced within the country. Since all imports are closed, imports of ‘iso propyl alcohol’ are also closed, so it is important to make a quick decision not to make unnecessary time to deal with this issue without having to run more documents.