Under the Janaushadhi campaign, the government has announced a decision of providing medicines at affordable prices to consumers. The quality medicines will be made available through special outlets called the ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras’.
The medicines will be available at different outlets including stations and hospitals, as announced by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. The decision has been taken in order to provide generic drugs at cheaper prices which will be available at the outlets across the country.
“We have decided to set up Janausadhi stores at railway stations, dispensaries, workshops and wherever possible on rail premises,” Suresh Prabhu said.
Talking upon the agreement between the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers and Railway Ministry, Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar said on Tuesday, “We have agreed in principle to set up Janaushadhi stores across the railway infrastructure, including stations, hospitals etc”.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between the two ministries after the working out of the modalities of the scheme.
“Around 2.5 crore people use railways to commute daily and it is our endeavour that these people should get the benefit of buying affordable medicines through Janaushadhi stores”
The scheme, which is expected to be rolled out within two months, will take place in phases. Till date, there are 1640 Jan Aushadhi stores across 450 districts in the country which provides medicines at low cost to the product. These stores run under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP).