State Bureau, Chandigarh. Its election has been announced amid the ongoing controversy in the Haryana State Pharmacy Council. About 29 thousand pharmacists will exercise their right to vote for the election of six members of the Pharmacy Council. Medical Council, Pharmacy Council, Dental Council and Bar Council are the four big institutions in any state, which have direct connection with the public. These four institutions are represented in the All India Council for Technical Education (AIT).
In Haryana, elections for the members of the State Pharmacy Council will be held between September 7 and September 24. More than 49 thousand pharmacists of the state are registered with the Haryana State Pharmacy Council, but out of these, 29 thousand 135 pharmacists have the right to vote.
Six members are elected in the Pharmacy Council and five members are nominated by the Haryana Government. Three non-official members are also represented in it. After the election of the members, he chooses from amongst himself a President and a Vice-President, whose term is five years.
The last election to the Haryana State Pharmacy Council was held in 2014. Dhanesh Adalkha is currently the chairman of the council and Sohan Lal Kansal is the deputy head. There is a dispute going on for a long time regarding registration in pharmacy by doing fake courses of D-Pharma and B-Pharma from different states.
However, Adalkha, who has been vocally opposed to illegal registration, has got a clean chit in this whole case, while Sohan Lal Kansal has been jailed. 45 candidates had filed their nominations for the election of six council members, out of which two have withdrawn. Now 43 members are in the fray for the election of council member.
Haryana State Pharmacy Council’s current chairman Dhanesh Adalkha, current deputy head Sohan Lal Kansal, current registrar Rajkumar Verma and current member Rohit Janduja are in the fray. Adalkha is a member nominated by the state government and his term is till 2024, but despite this he is in the fray as per the electoral process.
Haryana Government has appointed Dr. Praveen Sethi, Director of Health (Dental) as Returning Officer. Ballot papers have been sent through post to all the voter pharmacists on behalf of the election officer. Voters will have to register their first six preferences on the ballot paper for the election of six members and send the ballot paper back to the Returning Officer at the Panchkula Headquarters of the Pharmacy Council before September 24.
Suggestion given to stop rigging in elections
President of Association of Government Pharmacists Haryana Vinod Dalal has given some suggestions to the Returning Officer to eliminate the possibility of rigging in this election. He expressed the apprehension that the people contesting the elections can get the ballot papers sent to the pharmacist by setting up with the officers and employees of the postal department.
Even if the ballot papers reach the pharmacist, they can be scrapped when he posts them again after stating his preferences. In such a situation, it becomes the responsibility of the Returning Officer to ensure that the ballot paper is delivered to every pharmacist voter and to ensure that the ballot paper is delivered to him. Otherwise, election fraud is possible.
Edited By: Kamlesh Bhatt