Bring 25K Medical Assistants of J&K under CPA: JKGPA

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 27: Jammu Kashmir Government Pharmacist Association (JKGPA) has urged upon the Union Government to safeguard the career of over 25,000 Medical Assistants of J&K by bringing them within the ambit of Central Pharmacy Act (CPA).
In a statement issued here, JKGPA president and members, Pharmacy Council of India, Sushil Sudan said that the Medical Assistants of Jammu and Kashmir also fulfill the eligibility criteria for availing a pharmacy license of applying for any Government job exclusively meant for diploma/degree holders in pharmacy.
“Around 25000 Medical Assistants in J&K are well trained in pharmacy and they were eligible for pharmacy licenses under JK Pharmacy Act prior to August 4, 2019 but unfortunately now they have been excluded by the Pharmacy Council of India,” Sudan said, adding, this is a sheer discrimination with this bright and promising lot of professionals.
He said that there seems to be no rationale behind exclusion of Medical Assistants from Central Pharmacy Law which was made applicable to Jammu and Kashmir after October 2019. Discrimination with Medical Assistants who have completed their two year courses (including one year of training course) duly recognized under JK Pharmacy Act is unjustifiable and the issue needs to be addressed on a priority basis, Sushil Sudan advocated.
Stating that presently Medical Assistants in Government service are also not registered by Controller of Drug & Food Organization, Sudan demanded that they should be also registered as pharmacist so they can apply for license after retirement.