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J&K ‘civil society’ activists write to Sonia, Azad

Unimpressed by the Jammu and Kashmir government’s response to spurious drugs scam, the ball has been thrown in the Delhi’s court.

The doctors and civil society activists spread heading the campaign against spurious drugs have written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.

‘Now that state government has been insensitive towards this serious issue and that former health minister and incumbent PHE and irrigation minister Sham Lal Sharma hasn’t stepped down. We have written to Congress chief and Ghulam Nabi Azad to apprise them about the drugs scam and Sham Lal’s involvement in the the entire process. This is serious issue involving the lives of people and the minister should take moral responsibility to step down,’ Doctors Association of Kashmir president Nisar-ul-Hassan told the
Millennium Post.

Earlier, the  medicos and pharmacists in Kashmir’s primary tertiary care hospital revealed that they had warned the government about the issue. ‘In 2011, we had raised this issue. That time the government didn’t act and today everyone is supporting this issue. it would have saved the lives of people,’ said a senior consultant at SMHS hospital.

The civil society in Valley have launched a robust campaign against the supply of spurious drugs to government hospitals following  a drug ‘Maximizine-625’ failed in quality check. They have castigated the state government for its complete failure in booking the culprits involved in the scandal. Last week, the Valley witnessed shutdown to seek an impartial probe in this matter.

The main opposition party in Jammu and Kashmir assembly Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed the ‘moral weakness’ of chief minister to act against the minister. ‘Basically, the cases such as Haji Yusuf and the JKCA cricket scam have made Abdullah’s weak to act against any minister. Government is not sensitive to take  action in the case,’ said PDP spokesperson Naeem Akhtar.
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