JKGPA urges Govt to consider demands of pharmacists

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 6: Jammu Kashmir Government Pharmacists Association (JKGPA) today urged the Government to consider the long pending demands of pharmacists.
“After the introduction of J&K Re-organization Act, 2014 among several laws, the J&K Pharmacy Act, Samvat, 2011 got repealed and replaced by Pharmacy Act, 1948 but despite that the Government of J&K is still allowing J&K Para Medical Council to deal with matters concerning with pharmacists interests. The courses in pharmacy are being currently regulated in terms of J&K Para Medical Council Act, 2014,” said Sushil Sudan, president JKGPA while asserting that necessary amendment in this Act is urgently required to omit these courses from its ambit.
Sudan was speaking during one day conference of Jammu Kashmir Government Pharmacist Association held today at district Ramban. He also reiterated other demands of the pharmacists including creation of more posts of senior pharmacists at Sub District Hospitals and District Hospitals, up gradation of Block Pharmacy Officer and District Pharmacy Officer, handling of drugs by non qualified persons, computerization of stores in Health Institutions in Jammu/Kashmir and capsule training course to all pharmacist who are handling the stores.
Meanwhile, a body of JKGPA district Ramban was elected by the employees. The body comprises of Ajaz Ahmed Naik as president, Tariq Ahmed Naik as general secretary, Mushtaq Ahmed Naik as vice president, Nazir Ahmed Mughal as secretary, Mohd Younus as organizer and Shakil Ul-Rehman as advisor.
Others who were present and addressed the conference include Madan Lal Sharma, Irshad Ahmed, Ashok Behl, Firdoos Ahmed Pir, Karnail Singh, Mohd Ashraf Wani and Swami Raj.