The decision came after the association had given one month's time to the government to ban the online sale of drugs, which according to the association, is completely illegal and a violation of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

"This is enough and our strike is going to be indefinite this time, as the government has not paid heed to our one month time to ban the sale of medicine online," AIOCD's general secretary Suresh Gupta said.

"Inspite of making them understand that how it is risking the customers life, as there is no prescription required to buy drugs online, the government ignored us," Gupta said. "After the completion of one month, the association had again written a letter to the health ministry and the Prime Minister's Office, but there was no reply from their end, following which the decision of indefinite strike was taken.

"Earlier, the association organised a day-long strike on October 14 to protest against the government inaction towards the online sale of drugs, inspite of several proposals by the associations.

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