Drug association likely to be dissolved over controversy Shalender Kalra

  • Shalender Kalra, Hindustan Times, Nahan
  • Updated: Nov 08, 2014 22:25 IST

The Kala Amb unit of the Sirmour Drug Manufacturing Association's dissolution is being considered following a controversy between some office bearers of the group and the drug licensing authority (DLA) officials.

Sources said an association meeting was on Saturday evening where the executive body was likely to be dissolved.

A fight had broken out between the association and DLA officials over the action by the latter against a pharma unit owned by an office bearer of the association.

On October 17, a team of drug department officials and police special investigation unit (SIU) raided Integrated Laboratory Private Limited, a pharmaceutical unit. Local drug inspector (DI) Nishant Sareen submitted a report raising 54 objections about violation of the Good Manufacturing Practice Regulations and Drug and Cosmetic Act to the assistant drug controller on October 21-22.

Based on this report, the assistant drug controller ordered the unit to stop production.

However, recently some office bearers of the association submitted a complaint to the health minister levelling charges of corruption against the drug inspector.

Association chairman Jangbir Singh said it was the first time that such a conflict had arisen in industrial area of Kala Amb.

He said the association would not allow its office bearers to make allegations against the department without its consent.

Integrated Laboratory managing director and association general secretary Sanjay Ahuja held that the drug inspector's role should be inquired. He, however, did not allege corruption.

Drug inspector Sareen said it was the first time that units of the association's office bearers were checked. Many shortcomings were detected, he said.

Sareen maintained that the allegations against him were false and that they were levelled to shield the association general secretary's unit.

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