Pharmacy Owners Withdraw their Three-Day Strike

Pharmacies close in Patna due to strike.

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Patna: The three-day strike called by Bihar Chemist and Druggist Association (BCDA) came to an end on the very first day of the strike on Wednesday after the Association president held a meeting with Sanjay Kumar, the secretary of the Bihar Health Department, who assured them of giving a fair hearing to their longstanding demands.

Association president Prasan Sinha and treasurer Pradeep Chaurasia said that the association has decided to call of the strike after the two along with 30 other representatives of the BCDA met with the Health Secretary on late Wednesday evening.

"Mr. Kumar heard our demands and he assured us that he will address them individually to resolve them so we have decided to withdraw our strike," Sinha said.

The BCDA has asked for retaining status quo until all of its demands are met.

The protestors are demanding cancellation of shop licenses at the whims of the district officials, maintenance of transparency and uniformity in policies in spot checks by the health officials, and an end to what they call 'systemic harassment' of drug store owners by the health officials.

Meanwhile, the one-day strike incurred a loss of over Rs. 175 crore in the state, Chaurasia said.

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