PGI authorities may set up own pharmacy stores on campus to counter cartelisation of chemists

After the cancellation of the tenders for chemist shops in PGIMER due to alleged cartelisation among a group of chemists, the authorities are now contemplating starting their own pharmacy stores on campus.

On December 24, the PGI Administration started the process of scrapping the tendering process after allegations were leveled that noted chemists of the city had got together to form a cartel in order to bring down the rent of the shops in the institute.

Following this, now PGIMER is studying the modes of allocating shops for chemists in various national institutes across the country.

Incidentally, PGIMER is one of the very few institutes in the country which do not follow the e-tendering process, thus leaving a grey area for the chemists to form cartels.

While even the UT health department follows the pattern of calling e-tenders for its needs worth more than Rs 10 lakh, PGI it seems is yet to wake up to such technological advancements.

With e-tendering, any one across any state in the country can send the bids online and thus the process is rather secure since the bids are invited online and are submitted online.

The shops for which the tenders were called by the PGI were the most sought-after commercial spaces, with one of them located inside the Emergency Wing and the other located in the Advanced Trauma Centre.

Earlier, the shops at the institute were so sought-after that last time the shop located inside the emergency attracted the highest rent bid of Rs 44 lakh per month. However, in the recent tendering process, the shop could fetch just Rs 24 lakh as monthly rent.

Similarly, another shop, which was to be opened at the Advanced Trauma Centre, could fetch just Rs 3 lakh of rent a month.

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