Chemist in the district have sought exemption from taking new licences under Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) 2006.
All chemist shops are required to be registered licensed in accordance with the procedures laid down in FSS Act. There are about 1,200 chemist shops in Gurgaon.
The Gurgaon Chemists and Druggists Association approached the state health minister over the issue. Members of the association submitted a request to health minister Rao Narender Singh, demanding that they should be exempted from the new licence. GS Pasricha, president of the association, said, "We have already a licence. We sell food products like lactogen and cerelac only. Food licence is to cover the unorganised sector."
CR Rana, commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, said, “It will cost them merely R400. We cannot change the law and we want their support in implementing it.”