CHANDIGARH, March 27 -- Even as doorstep delivery of medicines started in the city on Thursday, several residents complained that the phone numbers of their local chemists remained inaccessible, even as chemists complained of depleting stocks owing to the large number of orders received on Thursday.

Vinay Jain, general secretary of the Chandigarh Chemists Association, said while curfew passes had been issued to chemists, along with a couple of helpers, the wholesalers were devoid of them. "Without passes, wholesalers are unable to supply medicines to us. Currently, chemists have adequate stock. However, the process needs to be expedited before the stocks start running low. We have met the UT administration officials about this."

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