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HC seeks reply from state, Centre in plea to revive govt drug manufacturer MAPL | Nagpur News – Times of India

Nagpur: Giving some hope for revival for Maharashtra Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals Limited (MAPL), the Nagpur bench of Bombay excessive court docket has sought a response from the central and state governments over an intervention utility praying for utilization of its services to manufacture medication like Remdesivir for Covid-19 sufferers.
Intervener Suresh Gotmare, by way of counsel Arun Agrawal, contended that services on the Hingna MIDC plant could possibly be utilized now for manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines underneath mission ‘Covid Suraksha’ and in addition for establishing a medical oxygen plant.
“By this application, the intervener invited our attention to the facilities already available in the factory, a subsidiary of Hindustan Antibiotics Limited (HAL), a Government of India undertaking. A copy of this application should be furnished to the government pleader Ketki Joshi and assistant solicitor general of India (ASGI) Ulhas Aurangabadkar. We request them to seek instructions in the matter,” a division bench comprising justices Sunil Shukre and Avinash Gharote stated.
Incorporated in 1979, the corporate commenced business manufacturing in May 1981. It was primarily a generic pharmaceutical formulation manufacturer that may produce pill, capsule, dry and liquid injectables. It was the one public sector unit in central India from the place lifesaving medicines have been equipped to authorities hospitals in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, moreover Maharashtra.
The intervenor, former basic secretary of MAPL Employees Association, stated the corporate’s plot is on lease from MIDC for 95 years from August 1, 1979, and it holds an enormous space of 50,585 sq m mendacity unutilized.
On August 21, 2015, former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis together with then Union minister for prescription drugs, chemical substances & fertilizers Hansraj Ahir, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari and lots of MPs and MLAs visited the manufacturing facility and introduced its revival at a price of Rs100 crore. However, nothing moved thereafter, as HAL refused to launch the funds.
The intervenor identified that MAPL, having World Health Organisation compliant facility, can manufacture 2,580 lakh tablets, 656 lakh capsules, 302 lakh dry injectable (vials), and 71 lakh liquid injectables every year. During this pandemic, the manufacturing facility could possibly be as soon as once more put to use for manufacturing medicines, lifesaving medication and vaccines. He stated all former staff and their affiliation have been prepared to provide their providers to resume manufacturing.
The public sector enterprise has HAL as a serious shareholder with 59% stake, whereas SICOM and IDBI maintain 33% and eight% stake respectively. After its internet value turned unfavorable in 1995-96, the corporate was referred to the Board of Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) and IDBI was appointed as working company.
The BIFR declared it as a sick unit after it accrued losses of Rs156 lakh in 1996. As each BIFR and Appellate Authority for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (AAIFR) couldn’t formulate MAPL’s revival scheme, it was closed down. It, nevertheless, led to retrenchment of over 300 staff and 1000’s of others from ancillary industries from Vidarbha.

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