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NMDA rejects CMO’s order
Published on 30 Jul. 2009 12:45 AM IST
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The Nagaland Medicine Dealers Association (NMDA) asserted that it will not comply with the order of the CMO that insisted on obtaining food license from the appropriate authority by all the shops vending such items at their counter, saying the order was “not as per law.”According to NMDA vice president Harish Adhayanthaya and general secretary Ashok Kumar Singhal, the provision under PFA act 1954 stipulates that food license was to be obtained by the manufacturer of food items as classified under the order. NMDA said that the CMO order clearly vindicated the interest of the vendor dealing in such items manufactured by different companies, organization etc who might have obtained the necessary license from the concerned authority. However, the NMDA felt that sufficient time should be given if the license had to be obtained by the vendor, as the same was not in practice for so many years. They said a proper notification from the state government should also be published for the knowledge of the vendors. Further, the NMDA said if any fee was to be collected, it should be through the treasury challan or cash against receipt. As such, the NMDA informed all its members not to pay any such fine or charges imposed on them by the Chief Medical Officer for alleged violation of the act as pleaded by the CMO. It also requested the DMC, DCC and other associations to condemn the action and take necessary steps to stop the “unlawful extortion” by the authorities. The NMDA also appreciated the concern shown by the DC Dimapur in this regard.

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