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Medicine shops reopen in Ayodhya on admin’s appeal | Lucknow News

Ayodhya: A day after TOI report of chemists’ ongoing strike in Ayodhya posing risk to patients in the holy town, the district administration intervened and convinced owners of medicine stores to open their shops on Monday, thereby bringing relief to people.
Locals had been facing trouble in procuring medicine as chemist stores had been closed for three consecutive days due to strike called by Ayodhya Chemists’ Association alleging harassment by drug inspector .
Drug Inspector P C Rastogi told TOI, “All the medicine shops are now open and medicines are easily available, though they have not formally called off the strike yet. The chemists association went on strike on Friday alleging harassment and demand for bribe by drug inspector P C Rastogi. Anuj Jain, owner of a medical store, said, “Today, we have opened our shops on the request of local administration. Our association will take a call on formal announcement on the strike is still in dilemma.”
Rastogi said, “All the allegations against me are false and no evidence was produced before higher authorities regarding allegations against me that I harassed any drug dealer or demanded bribe. Moreover, the drug inspector has no authority to issue or cancel licence, the provision of renewal has been abolished by central government in 2017 and only retention fees has to be deposited as the licences are auto-renewed and the entire process is now online and paperless. Chemists’ association president Avi Anand said, “We opened the medicine shops today on local administration’s request and will decide our further action soon.”

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