Lok Sabha approves bill to expand J&K pharmacists’ job opportunities


NEW DELHILok Sabha on Monday passed a bill allowing those qualified or registered under the Jammu & Kashmir Pharmacy Act to be registered as pharmacists under the Pharmacy Act, thus doing away with the ambiguity with regard to the two legislations.

Piloting the Pharmacy (Amendment) Bill, 2023, health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said changes will increase job opportunities for the youth of J&K.
The bill, which was passed by voice vote in the Lower House, seeks to do away with issues concerning the status of persons registered or qualified under the Jammu & Kashmir Pharmacy Act. Under the current dispensation, registration under the Pharmacy Act is mandatory for people practising pharmacy in the country.

He also said the situation in Jammu & Kashmir has changed significantly after abrogation of Article 370.


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