A letter from the center has triggered action on the excessive codeine phosphate quota in Maharashtra. The state food and drugs administration (FDA) has been told by the center that the situation was very serious.
"As the department responsible to administer the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985, and to ensure that we meet our commitments under international conventions, I am extremely concerned about the development," said the letter issued by the central revenue department's additional secretary Jose K Cyriac on July 30, 2009.
The letter had also asked the government to submit a report by August 25 last year. But there was no action taken by the state.
The Society for Awareness of Civil Rights, a Mumbai-based NGO, has written to the Prime Minister asking for a CBI inquiry into the matter.