Wednesday, March 12, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Allegations against Ayurveda officials
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 11
The Ayurvedic Drug Manufacturers Association (ADMA) today alleged that some corrupt officials in the department of Ayurveda were trying to harass them after the association had started exposing them in the media. In a statement issued here today, the association alleged that the department had started threatening them through various methods so as to desist them from exposing these officials.

A spokesman of the association said the association had been taking up the issuance of licences to unauthorised manufacturers from time to time. This, it alleged, had led to flooding of the market with spurious Ayurvedic drugs. And that there was a need to curb these elements.

The association had appreciated the drive of the Ayurvedic department to curb the sale of unauthorised and spurious drugs by unlicensed manufacturing units. It had also alleged that the spurious drugs were coming to the market with the connivance of corrupt officials. It has also raised the issue of a corrupt official who had been prosecuted by the state Vigilance Department but was still enjoying the powers of licensing the drugs.


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