Article 370: Chemists end strike post talks

Thousands of chemist shops remained closed in Jammu, which is the bastion of ruling BJP and winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, for three days.

Published: 05th February 2017 03:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th February 2017 03:59 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

SRI NAGAR: Thousands of chemist shops remained closed in Jammu, which is the bastion of ruling BJP and winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, for three days to protest against the PDP-BJP coalition government’s decision to allow a non-state subject to open 57 pharmacy shops in violation of Article 370, which guarantees special status to the state. 

The chemists, however, called off the strike on Saturday afternoon after the Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and Health Minister Bali Baghat assured them that the State government will probe how the non-state subject was allowed to open pharmacy shops at different government hospitals in the Jammu region.

According to chemists, Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) has issued a tender to a Delhi-based person to open 57 chemist shops at different government hospitals in the Jammu 
region.

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