In a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury has asked the government to form a separate ministry for the Pharma sector.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury called for his intervention "to encourage Pharma Industry – this sunrise industry". The growth of the estimated 12-billion dollars pharmaceutical industry has been hampered by multiple authorities, UPA ally CPI (M) has asked the government to create a separate ministry for the sector
The Indian pharma sector currently comes under different regulatory bodies of various ministries, which hampered the growth of the estimated $12 billion industry. The Department of Chemicals and Fertilisers deals with issues relating to drugs and pricing, while product usage and regulation comes under the Ministry of Health and Drugs Controller General of India. The Department of Science and Technology regulates research and development, while pharma education is dealt with by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development and Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers.
According to Yechury the pharmaceutical sector has to be clear about the nodal ministry/department with clear-cut responsibility for keeping a tab on its problems and prospects and also for providing necessary help or guidance for development of the sector. Indian pharmaceutical sector has to deal with complex issues, which could be tackled by a specialised and dedicated administration. Further recommended that the planning process for the sector be included in the final version of the 11th Five Year Plan.