It was a divided protest by the Congress against price hike of more than 100 drugs related to diabetes, HIV and even cancer.
Ludhiana central MLA Surinder Dawar staged a protest along with his supporters near CMCH chowk and slammed the NDA government which had withdrawn the guidelines regarding capping of more than 100 drugs relating to the above ailments. The directions were issued to the national pharmaceutical pricing authority.
Interestingly, this development is more than a month old and the chemists had already met local MP Ravneet Bittu in this regard. But Surinder Dawar thought of holding a protest along with a few of his area councillors on Thursday.
Sources said that other leaders and MLAs had asked Dawar to plan this protest outside the civil surgeon’s office or outside the DC office so as to bring the issue to the notice of the authorities concerned. However, the protest was planned near CMCH, and no other Congress MLA except Dawar came.
The protesters said that as the prices of many drugs had increased, healthcare had gone out of the common man’s reach. Dawar said, “Is this what you call achhe din? Diabetes is a common problem in Punjab and its medicines are available at high prices and basic course of cancer has also become costly.”