ANDHRA PRADESH

Action promised against benami medical shops

HYDERABAD, MARCH 17. Taking a serious view of the complaints that several medical shops in the State were being run by persons without any knowledge about medicines, the Government has decided to crackdown on such shops and initiate stern action.

The Finance Minister, K. Rosaiah, replying to a question by the Congress member, Challa Ramakrishna Reddy, in the Assembly on Thursday said though officially there was no information about benami medical shops, the Government would take necessary steps to identify tem and take action.

Staff crunch

Agreeing with the members on the shortage of drug inspectors to keep a watch on the medical shops, he said 50 drug inspectors would be appointed immediately on contract basis. Mr. Rosaiah informed the House that the authorities had inspected 23,127 out of 37,674 medical shops in the State. They found 3,542 violations and served show cause notices on 2,783 shops, and cancelled or suspended the licences of about 3,000 others.

Patent

The Rural Development Minister, D. Srinivas, told S. Udayabhanu (Congress) that the Government had forwarded proposals to obtain patent rights for sarees manufactured in Gadwal, Pedana, Dharmavaram, Narayanpet, Kondapalli toys, bamboo articles, Uppada, Jamdani fabrics and Kalamkari works.

Degradation of forests

The Forest Minister, S. Vijayarama Raju, told Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu (TDP) that there was no deforestation of Araku valley in Visakhapatnam district. The members complained that large tracts of forestland was being encroached upon by tribals, who continued podu cultivation.

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