Pharmacists urge Government to fulfil long-pending demands

Pharmacists urge Government to fulfil long-pending demands

December 23, 2019

58th National Pharmacy Week Programme

Mysuru: Urging the Government to fulfil the long-pending demands of  Government Pharmacists, G.S. Desai, President, All India and Karnataka State Government Pharmacists Association, Bengaluru, has warned of staging a massive protest at Bengaluru on Jan.30, 2020.

Speaking at the 58th National Pharmacy Week organised by Mysuru and Chamarajanagar district unit of Karnataka State Government Pharmacists Association at Hotel President on B.N Road here yesterday, Desai sought service-based promotion to pharmacists and an end to wage disparity. 

Claiming that the recent amendment to Schedule K of Drugs and Cosmetics Act enables even Anganwadi and ASHA workers to dispense medicines at National Health Programmes, which would have an adverse bearing on the health of the people, he said that  Government pharmacists will function wearing black bands from Jan.2 to 12, 2020, to register their protest against this amendment and also for fulfilment of their demands. Maintaining that over a thousand Pharmacist posts were lying vacant in the State Government, Desai urged the Government to fill them up at the earliest. He also  expressed disappointment over the Government’s action of sending pharmacists on deputation for carrying out additional workload.

Earlier, Dr. B.S. Pushpalatha, Divisional Joint Director of the Health and Family Welfare Department, Mysuru, inaugurated the event that had the theme ‘Pharmacist: Your Medication Counsellor.’

MMC&RI Dean and Director Dr. C.P. Nanjaraj, Deputy Director of Health and Family Welfare, Mysuru Dr. K.H. Prasad, DHO Dr. R. Venkatesh, Pharmacist Association Mysuru and Chamarajanagar Unit President C.L. Somashekar and others   were present.

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