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Row over medicine shop allotment

AS THE Banaras Hindu University administration is all set to open medicine shop on its Sir Sunderlal Hospital premises by August end, allegations are thick and fast over the decision of varsity administration to authorise Rekha Medical Store for running this shop.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 01:29 IST

AS THE Banaras Hindu University administration is all set to open medicine shop on its Sir Sunderlal Hospital premises by August end, allegations are thick and fast over the decision of varsity administration to authorise Rekha Medical Store for running this shop.

Proprietor of Neptune Pharma, one of the bidders who showed expression of interest for opening of 24-hour medicine shop at SS Hospital in BHU, Rashmi Kohli alleged that Rekha Medical Store fails on all the technical grounds and, therefore, its proposal should have been rejected.

Talking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, she alleged, “The drug licence of Rekha Medical Store is on a name of person, whom, we presume had been abducted for a pretty long time and his whereabouts are not known whereas the person applying for medicine shop should have valid drug license in his name.”

Rashmi Kohli further alleged that Rekha Medical Store is procuring goods from the market of those companies which are approved by BHU and is not the authorized stockist. “Besides, it also fails on the grounds of turnover and experience required for running this shop,” she alleged.

She alleged that Rekha Medical Store has shown 30 per cent discount to patients with Rs 7.5 crore as annual contribution to BHU in its financial bid which was next to impossible under the prevailing circumstances in pharmaceutical trade.

However, she claimed that Neptune Pharma has a valid drug licence and is direct stockist of 43 companies. “Besides, Neptune Pharma has a three times more turnover than Rekha Medicals and has an experience of running such medicine shops in King George Medical University and Era Medical College in Lucknow,” she said.

“We completely deny all such allegations as we have been doing things in a transparent manner,” said Medical Superintendent of SS Hospital (BHU), Prof Churamani Gopal. “Suppose the tender should have been given to someone other than us then there should have been an allegation from some other bidder also,” she said.

“Levelling allegations is a part of society’s behaviour and we do not bother about such allegations.”