Mumbai: The public health department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now planing to reconsider medicine supply company which was blacklisted over delay in supply of medicines.

This comes after the All Food and Drugs License Holders Association (AFDLHA) raised the issue with the civic health department threatening to discontinue with the supplies of medicine at the hospitals.

Despite the medicine firm, Medico Private Limited, had paid Rs 14 lakh as compensation amount in delaying the supply of medicines, the administration blacklisted it for their failure to meet deadlines to supply essential medicines at civic-run hospitals.

“We did not raise the issue when BMC had blacklisted the company who had failed to supply medicines 394 times in 2018. But this time, the company had already paid the compensation amount to the authority, then why the administration has blacklisted them after claiming the compensation amount,” said Abhay Pandey, president, AFDLHA.

Pandey said they had sent a letter to the additional municipal commissioner Dr Ashwini Joshi asking her to reconsider the second medicine supplier company which they had blacklisted despite they paid the penalty amount.

“The AMC has promised the association of reconsidering the blacklisted company after she got to know about penalty amount paid by the company. Earlier, we had also written that we are not getting our payments as per contractual obligations as mentioned in Tender Booklet.

As per contractual obligations and as stated in purchase orders, BMC has to pay to its vendors in 30 days’ time from date of supplies. However, in 95 per cent of the cases the contractual obligation is not honoured from BMC’s side,” he added.

Meanwhile, the medicine suppliers’ association has challenged the decision and have asked the administration to take action against the medical superintendents of 17 peripheral hospitals, 33 maternity homes and 112 dispensaries who were pulled up over shortage of medicine at the facilities. But till now they have faced no action apart from a single show cause notice.

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