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Uddhav Thackeray deflects FDA chief over Covid drug dispute | India News


MUMBAI: Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray fired Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Abhimanyu Kale on Tuesday after more than half a dozen cabinet members complained that he had been inept in handling the controversy on the supply and distribution of remdesivir in the state.
Kale was named FDA commissioner on October 20. He will be succeeded by Special Commissioner (Sales Tax) Parimal Singh. Housing Minister Jeetendra Awhad was the first to demand tough action against Kale, saying that even after providing specific information on remdesivir stocks he had not acted quickly. They were followed by the Minister for Urban Development, Eknath Shinde, and the Minister for Skills Development, Nawab Malik.
Sensing the mood of the cabinet members, Thackeray intervened and declared that Kale would be transferred immediately. “Awhad had informed him about the remdesivir movement in state. He had even given him the addresses where it could be stored, but he did not act, ” said a cabinet member.

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