Chhattisgarh Pharmacy Council Enforces Penalties for Aadhaar-Related Offenses

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) outlines eight key offenses under the Aadhaar Act, 2016.
Aadhaar is widely recognized as a valid ID and address proof, facilitating access to various services by eliminating the need for multiple documents. (Representational image: Wikimedia commons)
Aadhaar is widely recognized as a valid ID and address proof, facilitating access to various services by eliminating the need for multiple documents. (Representational image: Wikimedia commons)

Individuals found guilty of Aadhaar-related offenses may face severe penalties, including imprisonment and hefty fines. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) outlines eight key offenses under the Aadhaar Act, 2016, amended to ensure the security and integrity of the Aadhaar system. Aadhaar is widely recognized as a valid ID and address proof, facilitating access to various services by eliminating the need for multiple documents. However, its misuse can lead to serious consequences.

Aadhaar fraud involves unauthorized access or manipulation of the identity system, resulting in financial losses, identity theft, and misuse of personal information for illegal activities. Victims may experience difficulties in accessing services, conducting financial transactions, or even facing legal troubles. Importantly, no one can withdraw money from an Aadhaar-linked bank account just by knowing the Aadhaar number. Authentication of the Aadhaar number by agencies is done through prescribed methods under the Aadhaar Act, 2016.

Concurrently, the Chhattisgarh State Pharmacy Council has issued a strong caution against unlicensed individuals operating pharmacies. A letter from Ashwini Gurdekar, the Chhattisgarh Pharmacy Council's Registrar, states that anyone found to be operating a pharmacy or selling medication without a registration may be subject to a punishment of Rs 2 lakh or up to three months in jail. This order is a component of the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Act, 2023's modifications to the Pharmacy Act, 1948.

There will be an imprisonment of up to 3 months or a fine of Rs 2 lakh if any unregistered persons are found running a pharmacy or dispensing medicines.
Ashwini Gurdekar, Registrar of Chhattisgarh Pharmacy Council
Aadhaar fraud involves unauthorized access or manipulation of the identity system, resulting in financial losses, identity theft, and misuse of personal information for illegal activities. (Representational image: Pixabay)
Aadhaar fraud involves unauthorized access or manipulation of the identity system, resulting in financial losses, identity theft, and misuse of personal information for illegal activities. (Representational image: Pixabay)

The notice, dated May 16, 2024, emphasizes compliance with Section 42 of the Pharmacy Act, 1948, which mandates that only registered pharmacists can dispense or sell medicines. Violations of this provision previously resulted in penalties, including up to six months of imprisonment, a fine of Rs 1,000, or both. However, the 2023 amendment has significantly increased the penalties, underscoring the seriousness of the offense.

The Chhattisgarh State Pharmacy Council, established in 2003 after the state’s formation, is a statutory body under the Pharmacy Act, 1948. It consists of six members elected by registered pharmacists, five members nominated by the government, one member elected by the Chhattisgarh Medical Council, and three ex-officio members. The Council's notice aims to ensure that pharmacies operate within legal parameters, safeguarding public health and maintaining the integrity of the pharmaceutical profession.

Chhattisgarh State Pharmacy Council
As per the provisions under the 1948 Act, medicines have to be dispensed or sold by registered pharmacists only. If any violations are found in this regard and if any unregistered individuals are found dispensing, distributing, or selling medicines, the section called for penalties including imprisonment for up to six months, a fine of Rs 1,000, or both. According to serial number 9 page number 13 amendment number D of Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Act-2023, the penal provision of Section 42 of the Pharmacy Act 1948 was modified. As per the amended provisions, unregistered individuals, if found guilty of dispensing medicines, will face imprisonment up to 3 months or a fine of Rs 2 lakh or both.

Pharmacies, hospitals, and medical stores across Chhattisgarh have been urged to adhere strictly to these provisions to avoid facing the prescribed penalties. The Council's warning is clear: any violations will result in legal action against the responsible individuals. This move is part of broader efforts to regulate the pharmaceutical sector and protect consumers from unqualified and unregistered practitioners.

(Input from various sources) 

(Rehash/ Susmita Bhandary/MSM)

Aadhaar is widely recognized as a valid ID and address proof, facilitating access to various services by eliminating the need for multiple documents. (Representational image: Wikimedia commons)
FDA Takes Action Against Pharmacies: 51 Licenses Revoked, 44 Suspended
logo
Medbound
www.medboundtimes.com