Gas agencies booked, chemists face the heat as govt raids continue

Ten LPG agencies were booked for underweight cylinders, three flour mills sealed and five others prosecuted for discrepancies found during raids conducted by the city government officials on Thursday.

Over 20 shopkeepers were challaned for occupying government land illegally and 50 truck drivers were found in Azadpur Mandi past prescribed hours. Twenty-three people were challaned for unauthorised squatting in wholesale markets. 

The raids were conducted in continuation of Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s orders. A team of 19 officers from drugs control department and 15 Delhi Police officials was pressed into service to check chemist shops around AIIMS, Safdarjung and GTB hospitals.

Eight chemist shops were inspected, of which two were found selling schedule H drugs in the absence of a registered pharmacist. Six shops were not found maintaining record of Schedule H1 drugs, the Delhi government said in a statement.

The drug control department also collected samples of drugs to test for genuineness.Four teams of the health department conducted surprise visits at government and private hospitals. Some officials were sent to the hospitals as patients under the economically weaker section (EWS) category.

“Raids were conducted at two government-run hospitals – Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Mangolpuri and Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital, Shastri Park – and two private hospitals – RocklandHospital, Dwarka and Max Hospital, Patparganj. A detailed report has been prepared and strict action has been initiated against the defaulters,” the statement added.

Transport department officials conducted raids at various Motor Licencing Offices (MLO) to check touts. Excise Department officials inspected Panchsheel Club and Delhi Golf Club.  The team checked stock registers, import permits, transport permits, physical verification of the stock and other documents.

 Education department officials conducted raids at 11 government schools, one government-aided school and two private schools. Basic amenities, cleanliness, maintenance of infrastructure and other facilities were checked.

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