Shimla, Nov 18 (PTI) The Himachal Pradesh High court has sought an explanation from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare why there were restriction on procurement of Ayurvedic medicines from public sector undertakings, especially when quality Ayurvedic medicines were reportedly available in the state at far reduced rate.
The court directed the Union Secretary (Health) and Director, Ayush department, to file an affidavit in this regard within one month.
The court passed the order on a petition filed by the H.P.
Ayurvedic Manufacturing Association in which it was alleged that Ayurvedic medicines were purchased by the Director, Ayurveda, in violation of rules.
The issue raised in the petition pertains to procurement of Ayurvedic medicines by the state government under the centrally-sponsored scheme.
The petitioner alleged that when quality medicines are available in the state and when many of the medicines supplied through PSUs are manufactured by the private sector in the state itself, it will not be in the interest of the state to procure such medicines either from PSUs or any other agency.
However, the state contended before the court that when it started procurement of Ayurvedic medicines from the private sector, it was objected to by the central government which insisted that the medicines be procured from the PSUs.
The courted listed the matter for further hearing on December 27.