The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to form a grievance redressal cell to address the problems faced by chemists.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice N M Jamdar was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer Datta Mane challenging the strike called by Maharashtra State Chemists and Druggists Association.
Over 50,000 chemists/drug store owners had declared a three-day strike,starting Tuesday,to protest alleged harassment by Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). The association,however,decided not to go ahead with the stir following assurances from the state government that their issues would be looked into.
Appearing for the state,advocate S S Shinde said a committee has been formed to look into the grievances faced by the members of the association.
The court said the government should form a redressal forum under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. Chemists and drugstore owners would feel the need to declare a strike in the absence of such a mechanism, the Chief Justice said. The matter has been adjourned to November 26. The PIL has urged the government to invoke Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act,under which it is an offence for essential service providers to go on strike,against the association.