State Times NewsJAMMU: Seeking intervention of Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, Apni Party Provincial President and Former Minister Manjit Singh on Tuesday demanded opening of registration and licenses in favour of the pharmacists/medical assistants who have completed their courses before August 5, 2019 because 25,000 qualified youth in J&K and Ladakh Union Territories have been worried about their uncertain future.A deputation of pharmacists comprising of Sunil Choudhary, Rajat Kumar, Rahul Chib and Ankush Kumar called on Provincial President Manjit Singh in Apni Party office at Gandhi Nagar and demanded that the registration and licenses in favour of pharmacists/medical assistants should again be opened.“25000 youth in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh who have completed their courses in medical assistant/pharmacists and now they are not being considered eligible to apply for the license or registration after the implementation of central laws and converting of J&K into a Union Territory,” said Manjit Singh who met the deputation.The former Minister said, “Before August 5, 2019, pharmacists were governed by the J&K State Paramedical Council and in its place, Central Act of Pharmacy 1948 is governing the issues and this Central Act, does not cover the course of medical assistant/pharmacist.”This has forced the qualified youth to remain jobless and they are suffering from mental stress after many who have completed the courses have not been considered eligible for registration or licenses in J&K, he added. Manjit appealed to the Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to look into the issue of educated youth and their courses should be accepted for registration and licenses for opening of pharmacy shops and apply in government jobs as pharmacists.“The Government should come clear on the decision and allow the youth to apply for the government jobs as pharmacists and can get licenses to open pharmacy shops in Jammu and Kashmir,” demanded Manjit.Manjit Singh was accompanied by Apni Party leader Madan Lal Chalotra, Gourav Kapoor and Raqeeq Ahmed Khan.
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