Shimla, Apr 9 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today said the Central government's move to suspend production of vaccines at the Central Research Institute (CRI) at Kasauli was a serious matter and the state government had written to the Centre to allow CRI to function in the interests of the state.
Intervening in Question Hour, he said the entire North India would have to suffer if the production of vaccines was not carried out in the CRI, Kasauli.
To a supplementary by Vidya Stokes (Congress) that the government should pursue it vigorously with the Centre to re-start vaccine production at CRI by updating facilities at the Institute in public interest, or if it did not agree, the state government should ask for handing over the CRI to Himachal with some financial assistance to run it, Mr Dhumal said the central government may not allow this, as also the state government has its own health institutes to run.
''But we are very much concerned that the CRI should be allowed to function. For this we seek your support also to pursue it with the UPA chairperson and the Union Health Minister,'' he told Ms Stokes.
He said a writ petition was also pending in the High Court that the vaccine supplies may be allowed to continue.
Earlier, replying to the main question by Kaul Singh Thakur (Congress) and Rajiv Sajjal (BJP), Health minister Rajeev Bindal said the production of Anti-Rabbies Vaccine had been stopped at CRI, Kasauli.
He said the case does not come within the ambit of the state government.
The production of vaccines and sera has been stopped at CRI with suspension of license for not meeting the Goods Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements as per WHP norms.
The renewal of license was possible only after acquiring the GMP facilities and for this purpose a lot of funds were required, he said.
It was for Centre to decide whether to spend funds on old infrastructure or on creation of new facilities, he said.
Mr Bindal said the Director of Institute has informed that there was no proposal to shift CRI from Kasauli.
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