The Gujarat government on Tuesday capped the price of the RT-PCR tests conducted by private labs for COVID-19 at Rs 800. So far, people had to shell out Rs 1,500 for the Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction test, considered the most accurate worldwide. Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel told reporters in Ahmedabad that since the prices of test kits have come down, the state government decided to pass on this benefit to people.
"From today, the government-authorised private laboratories will charge Rs 800 for an RT-PCR test, a reduction of Rs 700 from the current rate," Patel said.
The prices of test kits have come down following large scale production, he said.
If a laboratory assistant is called at home to collect samples, the charge for the RT-PCR test will be Rs 1,100, he said, adding that labs charge Rs 2,000 for the home collection service at present.
The decision to slash the test rates was taken by the government's core group under the guidance of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, he said.
The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi and the Congress-led government in Rajasthan also recently announced reduction in the prices of RT-PCR tests.
(With Inputs from PTI)