Karnataka Drugs Control Department Issues Seven Manufacturing Licences Through Online Mode

Karnataka Drugs Control Department Issues Seven Manufacturing Licences Through Online ModeE-governance can streamline the public delivery of services in India. However, e-governance in India has largely remained a major failure. The chief reason for this failure is that there is no legal compulsion to use e-governance in India. In the absence of any legal compulsion to adopt e-governance, India has ignored development through he-governance altogether.

We urgently need a mandatory legal framework for e-governance in India as e-governance in India is dying. Further, electronic delivery (e-delivery) of services in India must also be started as soon as possible. Essential public services and business transactions must be undertaken with the help of e-governance. This would help in bringing transparency and reducing corruption in India.

In one such welcome step, the Karnataka drugs control department has issued seven manufacturing licences online so far. However, the system of accepting applications and issuing manufacturing licences to the pharma companies online in the state has not taken off in full steam, leaving Maharashtra the first state in issuing drug licences online. Karnataka is recognised as the third state in the country to adopt the electronic mode for issue and renewal of licences after Gujarat and Maharashtra.

However, online pharmacies in India are still violating Indian laws and there are almost no efforts to curb the same. In fact, many online pharmacies websites in India are controlled by underworld and organised criminal networks. There is an urgent need to regulate online pharmacies in India as well.

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