Chavan’s intervention came at a joint meeting of government officials with the Maharashtra Druggists and Pharmacists Association on Tuesday.
The CM assured the aggrieved party that he would constitute a joint committee to resolve long-pending demands.
The Maharashtra Druggists and Pharmacists Association, which claims to have 55,000 retailers and wholesalers affiliated to it, had threatened to work only between 2pm and 10pm, although rules require them to make druga available 24x7.
Chemists have been at loggerheads with the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) as the drug inspectors from FDA initiated a special drive to suspend and cancelled licences of chemist stores operating without pharmacists.
Chavan told druggists that they would have to follow relevant laws, failing which the enforcement would take action against them.
He also asked them to explore the option of negotiations with the food and drugs department, whom the association accuses of highhandedness.
Further, Chavan assured the association of making relevant changes to the existing law, but warned them against holding citizens to ransom.
Members of the Maharashtra State Chemists and Druggists Association (MSCDA) confirmed their decision to withdraw their call of partial shutdown.
“The chief minister has assured us of forming a committee to resolve issues that we have with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It will also have our representatives,” said Anil Navandar, president, of MSCDA.
Navandar added that the proposed committee would include Anant Kulkarni, additional chief secretary medical education as one of the members.
“The committee will have another government official of the principal secretary level and three to five representatives of the chemists associations,” said Navander.