‘25,000 chemists across Punjab to observe bandh on July 30’
PCA’s officiating president GS Chawla said that chemists from across state will take part in this one-day bandh. “The strike will start from the intervening night of Sunday and Monday,” he added.Updated: Jul 30, 2018 09:22 IST
Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
Following the one-day bandh call by the Punjab Chemists Association (PCA), 25,000 chemists across Punjab will shut the stores on Monday, to mark their protest against unwarranted drug raids.
PCA’s officiating president GS Chawla said that chemists from across state will take part in this one-day bandh. “The strike will start from the intervening night of Sunday and Monday,” he added.
As per information, the chemists have been protesting against unwarranted drugs raids by police and other officials, who are ‘interfering in medicine sales’.
“Without proper information, the local tehsildars and assistant commissioners of police (ACP) have been conducting raids at many chemist stores across state, which is harassment and defamation of the retailers,” Chawla said.
“We are ready to cooperate with the government in eradication of psychotropic drugs and intoxicant tablets. But the teams conducting raids should include medical officials, who have proper knowledge about the salts of medicines sold in markets,” he said.
The chemists are yet to receive any response from the government. The chemists are demanding a halt to police raids at their shops. The chemists are accusing online pharmacies of ‘delivering intoxicant drugs at the customer’s doorsteps’ and are demanding complete ban on online pharmacies.
Jalandhar Wholesale Chemist Organisation president Rishu Verma said that local chemists will observe the bandh. “The raids are creating a wrong impression among residents,” he said.
First Published: Jul 29, 2018 22:52 IST