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Govt aims to open 10,500 Janaushadhi Kendras by March, 2025: Mansukh Mandaviya

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Friday, August 6, 2021, 15:45 Hrs  [IST]

The Government aims to open about 10,500 Janaushadhi Kendras by March, 2025, stated minister of health & family welfare and chemicals & fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyajana (PMBJP), the Government has opened 8,001 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) as on August 2, 2021 covering all the districts of the country.

The state governments/UT administrations have been requested from time to time to facilitate opening of Janaushadhi Kendras in the premises of primary healthcare centers (PHCs)/community health centers (CHCs)/hospitals, including super specialty hospitals, by providing rent-free space within their premises. As on August 2, about 1,012 kendras are functioning inside government’s premises.

“The scheme was evaluated through a third party before considering its continuation. The recommendations made by the agency were duly considered and changes, as appropriate, made before obtaining approval of the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) for continuation of the scheme,” the government stated.

Further, the performance/functioning of PMBJKs are periodically reviewed at the level of CEO of the Bureau as well as by the Executive and Governing Council of the Implementing Agency of the Scheme, viz., Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Bureau of India (PMBI).

Mansukh Mandaviya added that medicines for Janaushadhi Kendras are procured from domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing companies having World Health Organization – Good Manufacturing Practices (WHO-GMP) certified facilities.

The medicines are tested in National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) approved Laboratories. The medicines are thereafter dispatched to PMBI’s warehouses at Gurugram, Chennai and Guwahati, wherefrom these are dispatched to the vendors all over the country.

The government stated that it has recently enhanced the incentive granted to storeowners from existing Rs. 2.50 lakh to up to Rs. 5 lakh, given at a rate of 15% of monthly purchases made, subject to a ceiling of Rs. 15,000/- per month.


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