Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The State government on Monday announced the introduction of a ‘whistle blower scheme' to expose those engaged in manufacture and sale of spurious drugs. In a press release, the Department of Health, Medical and Family Welfare said that it would reward informers and officials who took the risk of providing information about perpetrators of such crimes.

The reward scheme would also be applicable to the officers of Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and the rewards would be given only when confirmed cases of spurious, adulterated and misbranded drugs and cosmetics were reported. The reward would be a maximum of 20 per cent of the total cost of consignments seized, not exceeding a sum of Rs. 25 lakh.

The release said the eligibility of the informer and the quantum of reward would be decided by a committee under the chairmanship of the Director-General, Health Services, Government of India. The identity of the ‘whistle blower' would be kept secret.

Those interested may contact the CDSCO at Unit-18, Cargo Satellite building at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad in person or over the pone by dialling 040-2400236.