The State Government would be bringing about legislation to vest the property earned through unfair means into the Government during the ensuing monsoon session of Himachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly. This was revealed by Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal after he flagged off three mini trucks laden with medicines, valued Rs. 1.5 crore donated to BPL families of the State by Himachal Pradesh Drug Manufacturing Association during the Samman Samaroh jointly organized by Indian Drug Manufacturing Association & Himachal Drug Manufacturing Association at Peterhoff, last evening.

Chief Minister said that the State Government was concerned about the property being acquired by few with vested interests through unfair means which had been a cause of concern to rest of the society to make Himachal Pradesh a corruption free State in real sense. He said that the State Government had already brought ‘Service Guarantee Bill’ during the ongoing assembly session which would ensure timely delivery of essential services to the people.

Dhumal appealed to the drug Manufacturers to adhere to the quality control in manufacturing of life saving drugs since it would cost heavily to the consumers. He said that that Himachal Pradesh had emerged as the pharmaceutical hub, since a major chunk of medicines were being manufactured in Himachal Pradesh. He said that the State Government had been providing best of the services and facilities to entrepreneurs which had also benefited the drug manufacturers in industrial areas of the State. He said that the State Government had shifted the office of drug controller from Shimla to Baddi for convenience of drug manufacturers so that they could avail all facilities locally.

The Chief Minister thanked the Pharmaceutical companies for donating de-worming drugs to be administered to the students in different educational institutions of the State during the launch of second phase of Mukhya Mantri Vidyarthi Swasthya Yojana. He said that the first phase had resulted into a grand success since about 5.5 lakh students were examined medically and the second phase would cover 10 lakh students in the State. He appealed to the drug manufacturers to rise to the call of social responsibility, sharing and serving the humanity with dedication.

He said that the State Government had ensured availability of village level government functionaries to the people during week-days to provide their prompt services. He said that Panchayat Secretary and Panchayat Sahayaks had been made available to the people on all working days while the Patwari would be available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

He said that the village level Government functionaries were the face of the Government who were expected to present the proper image of the State Government by the ensuing efficient and time bound services to the people.

Chief Minister honoured Dr. Deepak Sanan, Principal Secretary Revenue, P.C.Dhiman, Principal Secretary Health, Onkar Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, J.C.Rana, Director (Industries), Dr. Arun Sharma, Director Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr. Nagin Nanda, Secretary Pollution Control and Environment, Dr. Rajender Chauhan, Advisor Industries, S.K.Singla, Member Secretary Pollution Control Board and Environment, Navneet Marwah, Drug Controller, Baddi for their valuable contribution towards the Pharmaceutical Industry on behalf of the Himachal Pradesh Drug Manufacturing Association.

Health Minister Dr. Rajeev Bindal thanked the Chief Minister for his patronage to the Pharmaceutical companies. He said that Himachal Pradesh was proud to have the transparent system in granting clearness and sanctions to the entrepreneurs within the prescribed time frame.

President, Indian Drug Manufacturing Association N.R Munjal presented an overview of the Global Pharmaceutical scenario and said that Association had completed 50 year of its formation and was celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year. Sanjay Guleria, Chairman, Himachal Pradesh Drug Manufacturing Association welcomed the Chief Minister and thanked the State Government for protecting the interest of Pharmaceutical Industry. He said that the Pharmaceutical companies were working in unison with the State Government to manufacture quality drugs.