Move to decentralise Delhi DCA
Thursday, January 26, 2006 08:00 IST
The Public Grievance Commission of the government of Delhi has recommended the decentralisation of state drugs control department into eight or nine district / zonal offices for logistic reasons.
The commission noted that the current status of the department, functioning from an office located in the eastern part of the state is causing immense trouble to the stake holders who want to approach the office for various purposes of licensing and re-licensing. The drug officials, already of skeletal strength, are also finding it difficult to simultaneously visit their assigned areas as well as their office the same day. The recommendation of the commission has been forwarded to the state government for a considerate decision by the state drugs control department. Official sources informed that they are expecting the government to make an announcement in this regard soon.
As per the proposed plan, each district will have a zonal drugs control office headed by an Assistant Drugs Controller. There will be two or three drug inspectors under him. The regional offices will be allowed to handle almost all routine works thereby saving the drug traders / manufacturers from traveling to a corner of the city to clear their applications.
With the new central notification declaring medical devices also as drugs, the requirement of new licenses has increased several folds. There are about 400 medical devices dealers who should come under the regulatory purview with this new notification. The decentralization of the operations of the state department is expected to help the drug inspectors carry out their inspections with more regularity.