Pharmacy Graduates stage protest, highlight demands

Pharmacy Graduates during a protest demonstration in Jammu. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Pharmacy Graduates during a protest demonstration in Jammu. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 11: J&K Pharmacy Graduates’ Association (JKPGA) held a protest demonstration near Exhibition Ground, here today to highlight their burning demands.
Scores of Pharmacy Graduates assembled this morning in front of Press Club of Jammu and raised slogans in support of their demands, while carrying placards and banners in their hands.
The protesting youth demanded the Government to change recruitment rules for the post of Junior Pharmacist in the light of the extension of Central Pharmacy Act 1948, frame recruitment policy for Pharmacy Graduates of J&K, create posts of Junior Pharmacist at Panchayat and Block level, establish one CDSCO Drug Testing Laboratory for Kashmir Division and implement Education Regulations of Central Pharmacy Act 1948.
They also laid stress on start of PCI approved Diploma courses in Pharmacy colleges across J&K and bringing Pharmacy courses under the purview of Technical Education. The protesting Pharmacy Graduates also demanded the Government to issue a corrigendum to J&K Service Selection Board advertisement notification number 02 of 2021 dated 26-03-2021 for the post of Junior Pharmacist, alleging that the advertisement was in contravention to the provisions of Central Pharmacy Act of 1948.
The protesting youth said that in the erstwhile State of J&K, Pharmacy Graduates were disqualified on the context of having degrees in Pharmacy and this matter was overlooked by Health & Medical Education Department because Central Pharmacy Act was not having jurisdiction in J&K.
“Since the implementation of Central Act in J&K UT, Pharmacy Graduates anticipated that things will change and they will be given the due recognition but on the contrary obsolete laws are still in place and Pharmacy Graduates continue to suffer,” they regretted.