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Arogya Setu app, Niti Aayog CEO face RSS hearth over app hyperlinks to e-pharma firms


RSS financial wing chief Ashwini Mahajan has questioned the Arogya Setu app and Niti Aayog CEO over app hyperlinks to e-pharma firms.

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PM Narendra Modi’s pet Arogya Setu app and Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant are underneath assault from the BJP’s affiliate within the Sangh Parivar – Swadeshi Jagran Manch. Manch conveyor Ashwini Mahajan has tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a collection of posts on micro-blogging website Twitter complaining that the Arogya Setu app is selling e-pharma firms which might be providing large reductions and ‘threatening neighbourhood pharmacy retailers’.

Chatting with India In the present day TV, Ashwini Mahajan mentioned, “The Arogya Setu app has a hyperlink which leads out of the app to an e-pharma platform which has 4 firms. These are foreign-funded firms which might be providing reductions on on-line purchases of drugs and different well being objects.”

He added that his organisation has a severe objection to the truth that the CEO of Niti Ayog is selling these e-pharma firms by means of a submit on Twitter.

To register a protest, Ashwini Mahajan has tagged the Prime Minister and Union Well being Minister Dr Harshvardhan in his submit on Twitter.

A Manch activist defined that on the house web page of the app there’s a just lately added hyperlink – Aarogyasetu Mitra. If an app subscriber clicks on it a dialogue field opens which informs that it’s main out of the app. The cost is that the Arogya Setu app then results in a web page the place there are hyperlinks for on-line consultations and e-pharmacy firms – 1MG, OharmEasy, MedLife and NetMeds.

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch’s cost is that “these firms are backed by overseas entities and have been burning money to edge out the native chemist retailers and companies”.

“If over 10 crore Indians have joined the Arogya Setu platform they usually have been linked to those firms which make use of predatory practices that pose a risk to 7 lakh chemist retailers in India,” Ashwini Mahajan mentioned.

Manch fears that as a result of lockdown and seven pm to 7 am nationwide curbs on motion, increasingly individuals might begin choosing the e-pharma possibility and that may harm the native chemists.

The Swadeshi Jagran Manch has additionally posted a courtroom order on social websites.

The order was issued on 18 December 2018 during which the Delhi Excessive Court docket had dominated that “the respondents are injuncted from the net sale of drugs with no licence and the respondents are directed to make sure that the identical is prohibited forthwith till additional orders”.

That is the second salvo the Manch has fired for the reason that lockdown started. The federal government just lately had cleared the supply of non-essentials by e-commerce websites. Following objections from Swadeshi lobbies and dealer associations, the rules had been revoked.

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