hough Delhi would get a total of 31 drug inspectors to keep a check on medicines and drugs at chemist shops, blood banks and hospitals, there is a demand for more.
It is for the first time that the drug department will get the sanctioned number of 31 drug inspectors for 25,000 chemist shops, pharma chains, manufacturing units, blood banks and hospitals. However, the national Capital needs at least 100 drug inspectors.
Pointing towards the growing workload on drug inspectors, an official said, “Long back, these 31 posts were created on the basis of 5,000 medical shops that time. But today, the number has increased to over 25,000, and 21 drug inspectors are not enough to look after the growing segment. Therefore, more posts for inspectors should be created.”
At present, only 21 drug inspectors are working in the city to keep a check on 25,000 medical stores and pharma units.
Dr Atul Nasa, Delhi’s drug controller told MAIL TODAY, “Our proposal to the UPSC has been accepted. Advertisements were floated for the vacant posts and UPSC is likely to start the recruitment process very soon. It is for the first time, the department will get the full strength of drug inspectors.
However, we are also moving a file for more posts of drug inspectors, assistant and deputy drug inspectors as per Delhi’s requirement.”