Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana

  • It is a direct market intervention scheme of the Department of Pharmaceuticals.
  • Its objective is to make available quality generic medicines at affordable prices to all, especially the poor, throughout the country, through outlets known as Jan Aushadhi Stores (JASs).
  • It also encourages doctors to prescribe generic medicines and reduces unit cost of treatment per person.
  • The State Governments are required to provide space in Government Hospital premises or any other suitable locations for the running of the JAS‘.
  • Any Civil Society with experience of minimum 3 years of successful operation in welfare activities can also open the JAS outside the hospital premises.
  • PM Bhartiya JanaushadhiPariyojana Kendrasmay also be opened by any Government agencies in any Government building owned by Government bodies.
  • Individual Entrepreneurs/Pharmacist/Doctor can also open the Jan Aushadhi Kendra at outside of the hospital premises or any other suitable place.
  • Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) is the implementing agency which will provide one-time assistance in furnishing and establishment costs of the outlet.
  • It is a self-sustaining business model not dependent on continuous government subsidies or assistance.
  • Earlier, only medicines manufactured by Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSU) were being supplied to Kendra. Later medicines which the CPSU‘s not able to supply are being made from private manufacturers.

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