Costs of oxygen concentrators, which generate oxygen from air, have virtually doubled, whereas these of oximeters have shot up by Rs 1,000-2,000 over the previous seven days alone. Costs have shot up throughout each offline shops and e-commerce platforms together with Amazon and Flipkart. The federal government had final yr put a cap on the costs of those merchandise, however it’s not being adopted by some sellers, firms and importers.
An Amazon India spokesperson mentioned the corporate is taking rapid steps to halt the surge pricing.
“We’re upset that some sellers try to boost costs past the MRP on sure merchandise amid the pandemic. There isn’t a place for value gouging on Amazon and according to our coverage, we proceed to actively monitor our market and take vital motion together with removing of listings and suspension of accounts in opposition to sellers who’re promoting merchandise above the MRP, which is in violation of Indian legal guidelines,” the spokesperson mentioned.
An e-mail in search of remark to Flipkart remained unanswered at press time on Tuesday. A whole bunch of tweets by customers have gone viral, that they needed to shell out greater than Rs 1 lakh to purchase oxygen concentrators, which might often be out there for Rs 45,000. Month-to-month leases for the system, too, have shot up from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000-20,000.
“A number of merchants and importers, even on on-line marketplaces like Amazon and Flipkart, have elevated costs of Covid-essential medical merchandise by two-four occasions in only a week. The issue is extra with imported merchandise by opportunistic merchants who import these merchandise at low costs after which carry on rising costs to reap the benefits of the state of affairs and blame it on their suppliers,” mentioned Rajiv Nath, discussion board co-ordinator of the Association of Indian Medical Device Industry.
Oxygen concentrator vendor BPL Medical chief govt Sunil Kurana mentioned the corporate has reached out to its distributors and sellers and requested them to not promote past a sure value and keep the margin at an inexpensive stage since a number of gamers are promoting the merchandise at exorbitant costs.
Authorized consultants mentioned present tips should be enforced instantly. “That is an enforcement situation proper on the floor stage. The cap on pricing applies for all medicine together with medicines and gear and should be adhered to by producers or importers. Nevertheless, what we’re witnessing is unscrupulous behaviour from stockists or sellers,” mentioned Varun Kalsi, companion at authorized agency Priti Suri & Associates.
The trade has been pushing the federal government to place a value cap on these merchandise, at a most of three-four occasions the import landed value. The concentrator market is import-dominated and a shortage of fabric has additional aggravated the state of affairs.