CeN­tre mAy oPeN 5,000 more JAN AushAdhi stores By mArch 2019

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

The Cen­tre has set a tar­get to open 5,000 ad­di­tional Prime Min­is­ter Jan Aushadhi Ken­dras (PMJAKs) by March 2019. The Jan Aushadhi mis­sion has been a big hit, with 4,300 stores oper­a­tional across the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data from the Bu­reau of Pharma PSUs of In­dia (BPPI). The PMJAK mis­sion, dubbed as a cru­sade against the medicine mafia, was started to en­cour­age sale of cheaper generic medicines. Generic medicines use the same ac­tive in­gre­di­ents as brand-name medicines and work the same way; so they have the same risks and ben­e­fits as the brand-name medicines. Op­er­at­ing un­der the De­part­ment of Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, the BPPI im­ple­ments the “re­vamped” PMJAY which was first launched un­der the UPA gov­ern­ment in 2008. Ac­cord­ing to BPPI data, af­ter re­forms in­tro­duced by the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment, the Jan Aushadhi ini­tia­tive has ramped up high. From Novem­ber 2008, when the first shop was es­tab­lished in Am­rit­sar, till 2014, the mis­sion could only wit­ness lit­tle ex­pan­sion of Jan Aushadhi stores and the coun­try wit­nessed open­ing of only 100 stores across the coun­try in six years of the UPA gov­ern­ment. This num­ber in­creased to 1,253 in April 2017 to the present 4,300 plus stores. The credit for the suc­cess of Jan Aushdhi mis­sion goes to the Modi gov­ern­ment, a BPPI of­fi­cial siad. “Ever since the Modi gov­ern­ment came to power, it has taken greater re­spon­si­bil­ity in ex­pand­ing this mis­sion. The project was made more vi­able, the in­cen­tives to start a store were re­vised to Rs 2.5 lakh from Rs 1.5 lakh and dis­trib­u­tor’s mar­gins were also in­creased,” he told

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