New Delhi: The government today announced that as part of a campaign to ensure availability of generic medicines at affordable prices, 437 Jan Aushadi Kendras have become operational in various parts of the country. Three thousand more such centres will be opened by March 2017. Agreements have been signed with many national NGOs/trusts/societies like CSC, PCI, CNRI, Shree Tapovan vikas Trust, Indian Red Cross Society, Lions Club, CISSIL, CMAI, IMA, Vignan Bharathi, Bharat Sevak Samaj etc. for setting up of Jan Aushadhi Kendras in different states.
Discussions are in progress with state governments of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh for opening of Jan Aushadhi Kendras in government hospitals.
Till now the maximum number of such centres that have been opened are in Chhattisgarh 122, followed by Uttar Pradesh 53, Maharashtra 35 and Kerala 33. Odisha and Punjab have 25 and 23 such centres.
A countrywide campaign for ensuring availability of generic medicines at affordable prices for all, under the project title “Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana (PMJAY)” was initiated by the Department of Pharmaceuticals in association with Central Pharma Public Sector Undertakings. Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) is implementing the scheme.