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Haryana FDA hiding facts, not updating website

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It is being alleged that the website is deliberately not being updated to cover up wrong doings. The best course would be to immediately update the website and make it fully functional.

The Haryana Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not updated its website for the last two years due to alleged corruption. When one attempts to visit various pages of the website, it shows: “The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.” Even public notices can not be accessed.

The last update of contact list of the department was on May 13, 2015. Many people, including chemists, dealers, and drug makers used to visit the website for latest public notices and their application status. But their efforts are now futile as the website shows the above message.

One interesting case in point is that of the Fatehabad drug control officer Suresh Chaudhary, who was suspended in a corruption case on July 12, 2014, and inexplicably rejoined duty to the surprise of many in January this year. But the FDA website shows that he is still suspended.

The Vigilance Bureau had booked Chaudhary under the Prevention of Corruption Act on May 27, 2014, after his peon, Mahinder Kumar, and a medicine shop owner, were arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000, allegedly on his behalf.

It is being alleged that cover up of corruption may be reason behind not updating the FDA website.

“The department is not in a hurry to implement the Haryana and Central Government's digital India programme,” said an official of the Haryana FDA, who did not wish to be identified out of fear of reprisal.

It is of paramount importance for the Haryana government to take immediate action and make the website fully functional so as to avoid criticism.

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