Pratap Sarangi Inaugurates Common Facility Center for Pharmaceutical Cluster in Bhubaneswar

Union Minister of State for MSME Pratap Sarangi on Sunday inaugurated a Common Facility Centre (CFC) for Pharmaceutical Cluster in the capital city of Bhubaneswar. The facility, set up in the Macheswar Industrial Area in the outskirts of the city, will serve as a training and testing facility for all pharmaceutical units in the state.

The CFC was set up under the aegis of the Centre’s micro and small enterprises-cluster development programme (MSE-CDP), in association with the state MSME department and the Utkal Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Association (UPMA). The project was completed at an estimated cost of ₹2.93 crores. A two-storied building, the facility harbours two state-of-the-art laboratories for testing pharmaceutical products, its raw materials, finished products and packing materials.

As the facility also allows for training of pharmaceutical students and employees of pharmaceutical units in the state, a UPMA member said that now students do not need to move out of the state for hands-on training as part of their curriculum. “This CFC is the best initiative towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign of the Centre. Now the pharmaceutical companies will not send their product to other states for quality testing. This center will ensure the quality of the pharmaceutical products. It will also generate employment,” said Sarangi.

Ashok Patnaik, who heads the CFC as its chief coordinator, said that there exist nearly forty-six pharma units manufacturing a wide array of products in the state. He added that a small pharmaceutical venture cannot afford to set up its own laboratory as it requires significant capital expenditure. “We had been trying to set up this CFC since 2011-12, but it was not taking up due to land and other issues. Finally, we are happy that it saw the light of the day,” he added.

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