Pharma cluster may come up in the city soon

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 20 November 2018

“We held a meeting to give directions about the pharma cluster initiative of the government. Like in Pune, we have an auto cluster, similarly, Pune is a strong contender for setting up a pharma cluster,” added Ram.

PUNE: Taking steps to form a strong ecosystem for pharmaceutical companies, heads of pharmaceutical firms, Joint Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, Navdeep Rinwa, District Collector Naval Kishore Ram and other officials attended a meeting at the district collectorate on Monday. 

Speaking about the meeting, Ram said the meeting was held following the recent launch of an outreach programme for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by PM Modi. Earlier this month, Modi announced 59-minute loan sanctions, relaxation in labour laws, easier compliance with environmental rules and changes in company law for MSMEs. This also included setting up of pharma clusters across India. 

“We held a meeting to give directions about the pharma cluster initiative of the government. Like in Pune, we have an auto cluster, similarly, Pune is a strong contender for setting up a pharma cluster,” added Ram. 

The concept of pharma cluster aims at reducing the prices of drugs by having shared resources. The Central government has decided to set up 10 pharma clusters across the country. Ram said the administration will support these companies so they are at ease while doing business. Navdeep Rinwa guided the company officials on technical know-how of schemes of government. 

Assistant Commissioner SB Patil of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said, “Such a cluster would have shared facilities like utilities, research and development centre, testing facility and others. The cost of the cluster formation will be borne in 30:70 ratio where government will provide grants in 30 per cent. There is a need to form allopathic, cosmetic and medical equipment clusters,” added Patil.

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