Health Minister attends chemists’ get-together
Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Feb 16: “I come from a business family and can feel the pains and pangs of business persons. I am also a product of revolution and I know how to revolt against and overcome misdeeds. If anyone tries to coerce you into paying bribe, send me an audio or video clip and leave the rest to me,” stated Jharkhand Health Minister and chief guest Banna Gupta while addressing more than 500 members Jamshedpur Chemists and Druggists Association during a get-together-cum-picnic organized at Nirmal Bhawan in Ulliyan, Kadma today.
The Health Minister directed the Association members to desist from palm greasing and if anyone sought bribe the matter should be immediately referred to him for appropriate measures.
At the same time, Banna Gupta said, “There are certain medical outlets that are easy access points for young people to get drugs that they use as intoxicants whereas such drugs are to be made available only under prescriptions of registered medical practitioners. Providing drugs to addicts is wrong and you should ensure that such ‘off-the-counter malpractices’ do not occur. Guilty medicine dealers should immediately rectify themselves. If you do business honestly, I will always be there by your side to look after you and your interests.”
The Minister accused certain officials and employees of the health department of turning nursing homes and other health centres as monetary grazing grounds, a practice he was determined to stop. “I have told all the department’s officials concerned to immediately stop all prevailing malpractices and set their house in order. I had recently called a meeting in Ranchi, the first of its kind by any Health Minister, and addressed all medical shop owners, doctors, management personnel of nursing homes and pharmacists and had given them a time frame to provide details of their activities and functioning.”
Banna Gupta averred on the occasion that a move had been initiated by his ministry to form an organization for pharmacists. He said, “I will discuss the matter with the Chief Minister regarding proper adjustment of pharmacists in the medicinal draw up plans accordingly.”
At one juncture, the Health Minister stated, “Time and again I have said that I am not a doctor but a product of revolution that has made me into a fighter for rights. The practice of bribery will be decimated.”
The atmosphere during the picnic was marked by joy and gaiety. Apart from an array of delicious cuisine that was a gourmet’s delight, various sports items were organized in which 110 winners took home attractive prizes.
The special invitees on the occasion were Jharkhand Chemists and Druggists Association, Ranchi representatives Amar Kumar Sinha, Dharmendra Upadhyay, Krishna Kant and Suresh Kumar who were honoured with bouquets and shawls.
The organizing committee for this get-together-cum-picnic in which 500 Association members from all over the city participated, comprised Association president Kamal Agrawal, vice president Naresh Kumar Agrawal, general secretary Bhola Nath Chowdhary, treasurer Omkar Singh, organization secretary Om Narayan Trivedy, joint secretary Anwar Hussain and executive members who included Chetan Mehta, Ashok Kumar, Manot Pal, R Ashok Kumar, Rohit Agrawal, Murlidhar Singh, Mukhtar Khan, Upendra Verma, Rohit Agrawal and Pramod Lal.
Association president Kamal Agrawal thanked all members associated with the organization for attending the event and showing their solidarity.