Hyderabad: As the government is planning to go liberal regarding the environmental violations by bulk drug units, the international community has taken up cudgels against the pollution caused by them.
Professor Hans Lofgren, of the Deakin University of Australia said that he will make a representation to his government to take up the issue and also sensitise the US and Sweden against “exporting pollution”. During his visit to some Medak villages located close to pharma units, Prof Lofgren was “shocked” by the extent of pollution.
and the sufferings of residents.
“In one case, the unit has attributed the dark brown water of the polluted lake to washing of sarees by the womenfolk while I saw dead cattle along the lake side,” he said.
A frequent visitor to Hyderabad, Professor Lofgren’s research interests include Indian politics and the political economy of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology in Australia, India and other places in the world. The professor has authored several books, including his latest Politics of Pharmaceuticals and Access to Medicines: World Pharmacy and India.
“India is among world's major supplier of affordable medicines, in addition to China. Pharmaceutical policy forms part of the broader health policy domain populated by many stakeholders including consumers. But perhaps the villagers in the vicinity (of drug units) and even the public at large are the ones who become victims of these silent pollution which go unchecked,” he said.