New Delhi: Congress member Rajeev Shukla today asked the government to make the list of banned 350 fixed dose combination drugs public and expressed surprise that such medicines were being manufactured and sold for so many years.
"This is a serious matter. I believe that when government took action against 115 pharmaceutical companies, the full list (of the companies) should be made public as well as the names of the drugs," he said, while raising the issue during the Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha.
He said several companies were manufacturing these medicines in violation of norms.
Citing reports that household names like Corex and Vicks Action 500 have been banned, Shukla said people should know the names of all such drugs which have been banned.
"While giving licences, the government should also look into what the drug companies make and what is their performance as it is a question of people's health," he added.
In a gazette notification on 10 March, the government had, among others, banned manufacture, sale and distribution of fixed dose combination of chlopheniramine maleate plus codiene syrup, which is used in cough syrups.
In another Zero Hour mention, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (TMC) said the Centre had promised to release 25 files related to Subhash Chandra Bose every month, but "unfortunately in February no file was published." He demanded that the files should be released without any further delay.
Raising the issue of Tamil Nadu fishermen, AIADMK member S Muthukaruppan said they were being repeatedly arrested by Sri Lankan Navy and argued that Indian Navy should "attack Sri Lankan Navy to protect fishermen."
Tiruchi Siva (DMK) too raised the issue of fishermen. He said in March alone, four incidents of arrest of fishermen by Sri Lanka has taken place.
In his Zero Hour mention, Manhendra Singh Mahra (Congress) raised the problems being faced Uttrakhand farmers due to drought. He demanded Rs 2,000 crore relief package from the Central government.
SP member Jaya Bachchan raised the issue of problems faced by migratory workers due to language problems, but she could not complete her arguments due to disruptions.
Tarun Vijay (BJP) raised the issue of attack on BJP workers in Karnataka and Kerala, alleging that they were being attacked and killed by "CPI-M goons." He demanded an inquiry by the Centre into the "politically motivated attacks."
K Rahman Khan (Cong) said Gujarat Waqf Board was selling 21 Waqf properties worth over Rs 100 crore despite a ban on such sale by Parliament. "It is a big scam," he said and demanded that the Central Waqf Board should look into it.
Satyanarayan Jatiya (BJP) said the recently held World Cultural Festival had helped spread the message of unity and the upcoming Kumbh Mela at Ujjain was another occasion to promote unity and brotherhood. Other festivals should also be encouraged to promote Indian diversity and culture.