Rajasthan govt to create 1400 posts of pharmacists in 3 months
Even as the Rajasthan government has launched its ambitious free medicine distribution scheme in the state, it has now decided to create 1400 permanent posts of pharmacists in the state. All these posts will be filled within three months.
According to sources, the Rajasthan government has launched the ‘Chief Minister’s Free Medicine Scheme’ under which it will distribute 400 medicines free of cost to all the patients who visit the government hospitals and medical colleges in the state. Chief Minister Asok Gehlot formally inaugurated the scheme on October 2.
Under this free medicine distribution scheme, the government has covered almost all the essential medicines, said Manoj Tongra, a legal expert and a drugs control officer in Rajasthan.
Meanwhile, Indian Pharmacist Association (IPA) has welcomed the creation of 1400 posts of pharmacists. “The state government has assured the creation and filling of 1400 permanent posts of pharmacist within three months. This is a historic event in the backdrop of the fact that there was no recruitment for the post of pharmacists in the last 25 odd years in Rajasthan,” said IPA general secretary Bhupendra Kumar.
He said that this has been possible due to the tireless and continuous efforts of IPA Rajasthan Branch. It would be a beginning of a new era for the pharmacists of Rajasthan. This decision of the state government will ultimately help in serving the most needy patients, he added.
According to Pharmacy Act 1948, no person other than a registered pharmacist shall compound, prepare, mix, or dispense any medicine on the prescription of a medical practitioner. Whoever contravenes these provisions shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine not exceeding one thousand rupees or with both.
At present work of a pharmacist in Rajasthan is done by nursing staff as there is no pharmacist recruited for dispensing of medicine. The dispensing of medicines by the professional pharmacists will further improve the overall health scenario in Rajasthan, Kumar said.