HP Drugs and Cosmetics Amendment Bill 2016 sent for President’s approval

SHIMLA- What Himachal Pradesh Government claims to be concrete steps to curb the menace of drugs being misused as intoxicants. Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, in its last session, has passed State Amendments to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 through the Drugs and Cosmetics (Himachal Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2016 to make it more stringent.

Now, the bill has been sent for the consent of the President of India, Informed VC Pharka, the Chief Secretary on Friday.

As soon as the bill gets formal approval, every offence relating to clause (C) of section 18 and punishable under sub-clause (II) of clause (b) of section 27 shall be cognizable and non-bailable.

The amendment further provides provisions for sealing any premises, where in any drug or cosmetic is being manufactured or sold or stocked or exhibited or offered for sale or distributed in contravention of the provisions of Section 18 of the Act.

To double the enforcement and regulatory process of the Directorate of Drugs Controller, three posts of Assistant Drug Controller and 22 posts of Drug Inspectors have been sanctioned by the Cabinet recently. .

The Secretary claimed that a special drive is being organized against the menace of drugs for the last one year. The Drug Inspectors are directed to vigilantly check all the sales and manufacturing premises particularly in the bordering areas of the State engaged in sales or manufacturing of drugs being misused as intoxicants.

The Secretary claimed that in the series of inspections (sales) 385 inspections were conducted in only 7 months whereas 232 inspections of sales premises were conducted during the financial year 2015-16. In 91 cases, the drugs were seized in last seven months. During last financial year drugs were seized only in 33 cases, he claimed.

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