Hours after Kolkata Police commissioner Anuj Sharma assured Kolkatans that pharmacy shops will remain open, several police stations in Kolkata — especially in the added areas — held meetings with local pharmacists and worked out methods to ensure that supply remained normal at these retail shops. Sources said police stations like Patuli and Thakurpukur even chalked out a seven-point plan — from arranging temporary stay for staffers in the area to getting stocks cleared at police naka points — to ensure that locals do not have to run around for medicines.
“We arrived at a few decisions after discussing the situation. There were mainly two issues — supply was not steady from wholesalers and staff availability issue.
A simple application at the police station should settle staff movement issues. It was also agreed that crowding must be avoided at the shops at any cost,” an officer said.
“We have reassured them of help in getting the supplies cleared in case it gets stuck in any naka point. We have also offered them help in arranging a temporary shelter for their staff in the locality in case the staff are unable to travel,” the official added. An officer at Patuli said WhatsApp groups have been formed with all local medicine shop owners and distributors so that they can reach them immediately in case of any need.
Almost 85% medicine shops across the city were open on Sunday. “Around 3,500 retail shops and 150 stockists were open on Sunday. With adequate staff at the shops we expect services to normalise by next week,” said Manik Lal Das, south Kolkata secretary of the Bengal Chemists and Druggists Association.
In north Kolkata, supplies are getting stabilised slowly and shop owners were asked to keep outlets open. There are 200 retail shops between Hedua and Sinthi. We have briefed them about how to download and print e-passes. That will help the staff to resume duty from Monday,” said Subir Sen, south Kolkata secretary of the association.
Source: Times of India