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Sub-Committee examining the issue of Online Sale of Medicines



Sub-Committee examining the issue of Online Sale of Medicines 
A number of representations have been received from chemists and druggist associations against the online sale of prescription drugs. Similarly, a number of representations have also been received to permit such sales. These representations received were discussed in detail in the 48th meeting of the Drugs Consultative Committee (DCC), held on 24th July, 2015. The DCC has constituted a 7-Member Sub-Committee to examine the issue of sale of drugs on the internet, while taking care of the risks and concerns related to such sales. All measures considered necessary for safeguarding the interests of Consumers are being taken by the Government.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in response to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 
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Government’s plans to increase Investment in Fertilizer Sector 
The Union Cabinet in its meeting dated 21/06/2015 has approved setting-up of a Brown Filed Ammonia Urea Complex of 8.646 LMTPA urea production capacity in Joint Venture with an estimated project cost of Rs. 4412 Crores. The investment proposed to in JV mode with 48% equity to be allotted on nomination basis to PSUs viz M/s OIL (26%), M/s BVFCL (11%) & Government of Assam (11%). The remaining 52% equity will be allotted to Private/Public entity through open bidding. The investor for 52% equity is yet to be identified.

The Government has also approved revival of Talcher and Ramagundam units of FCIL for setting up of 1.27 MTPA Ammonia-Urea Complex each at a total estimated cost of Rs. 8700 crore and Rs. 5300 crore respectively. Talcher unit to be revived through nomination route by a consortium of PSUs namely Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers, GAIL India Ltd, Coal India Limited & FCIL, and Ramagundam unit to be revived through nomination route by a consortium of PSUs namely Engineers India Limited & National Fertilizers Limited & FCIL. The project activities are in its initial phase.

There is no proposal with the Government to call/invite the private sector/NGOs/SHGs in distribution of Fertilizers.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in response to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 
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Cluster Development Programme for Pharma Sector announced 
The Government has announced a central sector scheme titled ‘Cluster Development Programme for Pharma Sector (CDP-PS)’. The scheme would be implemented on a Public Private Partnership format through one time grant-in-aid to be released in various phases for creation of identified infrastructure and common facilities in the form of Common Facility Centers (CFC) to Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) set up for the purpose. Creation of common facilities like common testing facilities, waste disposal system, training centre etc will help reduce the cost of promotion of drugs.

Projects & Development India Limited (PDIL) has been appointed as the Project Management Consultant (PMC) for implementing the scheme. They had called for the Expression of Interests (EOIs), out of which only one EOI was found to be suitable for Tamil Nadu. PDIL has again been requested to call for EOIs (Second Phase), the closing date of which is 31.12.2015.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in response to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 
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