The Hush Post: Tricity Chemists Associations have announced a bandh on September 28. This is as part of the call given by the All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD). The call is against the encouragement of government to the online pharmacies.
Online pharmacies are a threat to the public health and the business of regular pharmacists in the country. This is what Chandigarh Chemist Association president Vijay Anand and general secretary Vinay Jain said. There are 8.5 lakh members in our association throughout the country. Around 1,500 chemists from Panchkula, Mohali and UT Chandigarh will observe strike for 24 hours starting from September 28 midnight (12 am) to September 29 midnight.
Present on the occasion were Mohinder Kakkar, president, Sanjeev Garg, general secretary and BB Shingal, Patron of Panchkula Chemist Association. Mohali Chemists associations President Dr HS Bhatia and General Secretary Amandeep Singh too will join the struggle supported by all members of associations.
“We are observing one day strike on Friday, September 28 to protest against any move by the government to allow the sale of medicines through internet or allowing e-pharmacies to operate in India in any form,” AIOCD said in a statement.
If the government does not consider our appeal then AIOCD shall go on a nationwide indefinite agitation.
The concerns brought out by AIOCD were not only business loss but online sale of medicines. If allowed, it would be hazardous to the public health at large. More importantly, the tech-savvy young generation of our country may have irreparable damage, said Vijay Anand President Chandigarh Chemist Association.