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Coronavirus: Plea in SC seeking to fix maximum rate for RT-PCR test

It claimed that the RT-PCR kits are presently available for less than rupees 200 in the Indian market

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Coronavirus | Coronavirus Tests | Supreme Court

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

SUPREME COURT

A petition has beenfiled before the seeking a direction to the Centre and the state governments to fix the maximum rate for the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 uniformly all over India.

The petition has sought a direction to the governments to fix the maximum rate for the RT-PCR (real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test to Rs 400 uniformly across the country, instead of Rs 900 to Rs 2800 as fixed by different state governments, Union Territories and NCT of Delhi.

There is a big loot by laboratories and they are minting money to the tune of crores and crores of rupees. The margin of profit is so high as it is as high as 1400 per cent in Andhra Pradesh and 1200 per cent in Delhi, said the petition filed by advocate Ajay Agrawal.

It claimed that the RT-PCR kits are presently available for less than rupees 200 in the Indian market.

There is no other cost as the machines used of RT-PCR test are already there with the laboratories as they conduct large number of tests.

And the matter is concerned with 135 crore citizen of the country as everybody worried with the coronavires and forced to get their test done at this exorbitant price, it said.

It alleged that the owner of the private laboratories and hospitals are using the calamity into opportunity for minting crores and crores of rupees.

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First Published: Fri, November 13 2020. 22:44 IST
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