May 31: With a vision to provide quality medicines at an affordable rate for the common man especially the poor, Govt. has set a target to increase the number of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) to 10000 by March 2024. Till 31.05.2022, the number of stores has increased to 8735. Under the PMBJP, 739 districts of the country have been covered.
PMBI is committed to ensuring the uninterrupted availability of essential medicines at the PMBJKs. In its journey of the last 8 years, starting from the annual turnover of Rs. 8 Crore in the year 2014-15, PMBI has clocked its highest monthly sales turnover of Rs. 100 Crore in the month of May 2022 which in turn has saved around Rs. 600 crore of citizens of the country. In May 2021, total sales were Rs. 83.77 crore and that was the COVID-19 second wave period. People have been able to reduce their out-of-pocket expenditure on medicines with the government intervention in this noble scheme. At present, these Kendras make available more than 1600 medicines and 250 surgical devices including nutraceuticals, Ayush products, and Suvidha Sanitary pads which are sold at Rs. 1/- per pad.
Under PMBJP, new applications have also been invited to cover 3579 blocks of 406 districts to provide quality generic medicines through Jan Aushadhi Kendras to every citizen of the country. Residents of small towns and block headquarters can now avail the opportunity to open Jan Aushadhi Kendras. The scheme provides the incentive of Rs. 5.00 lakh and special incentives of up to Rs. 2.00 lakh for various categories including women, SC/ST, Hill districts, Island districts, and the North-Eastern States. This will ensure the easy reach of affordable medicine to the people in every nook and corner of the country.
Accordingly, PMBI has strengthened the supply chain system by setting up four warehouses at Gurugram, Chennai, Guwahati, and Surat. In addition, there is a strong distributor network of 39 distributors across India to ensure timely supplies in every part of India.
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