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The pandemic has led to a surge in black marketing of essential drugs and medicines. Explain and propose measures to address the challenge of these black market networks.

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1. The pandemic has led to a surge in black marketing of essential drugs and medicines. Explain and propose measures to address the challenge of these black market networks. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The article explains methods of deflating India’s COVID black market boom.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss measures to address the black market challenge amidst the covid-19 times.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

In the gloomy battle against the novel coronavirus pandemic, what has emerged as most reprehensible is the brazen attempt by profiteers in filling the gap following the desperation of many patients and families.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Discuss the causative factors of rise in black marketing of essentials and medicines. The desperate need for vital medical supplies has forced many hapless citizens to pay more than the market price to procure these medicines. There are reports of many having been tricked into believing fire extinguishers to be oxygen cylinders and saline water bottles to be remdesivir vials after parting with huge sums of money.

Suggest measures as to what needs to be done to check the menace of black marketing.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.