Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 7 March dedicated the 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong via video conferencing.
While interacting with the beneficiaries of ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’, Prime Minister Modi said, “Medicines are expensive, that’s why we have PM ‘Janaushadhi ‘ yojana for the poor which saves their money. I urge people to buy medicines at affordable cost from ‘Modi ki Dukaan’ (as people like to call it).”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said sanitary pads will be available for women at Rs 2.5 as part of the Janaushadhi Pariyojana scheme.
“PM Janaushadhi Pariyojana is being run across the country for poor and middle-income families. This yojana is a medium of ‘seva and rozgar’ as it provides employment opportunities to the youth. As part of the scheme, sanitary pads for women available at Rs 2.5,” Modi said.”
The Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana aims to provide quality medicines at an affordable price, the Prime Minister’s Office said earlier.
“This scheme has opened new possibilities in the pharma sector. Today demand for Made in India medicines and surgical have increased. With this, the production is also increasing. It is generating new employment opportunities. Now a decision has been taken to make available 75 Ayush medicines across Janaushadhi centres in the country,” he said.
The number of stores under the scheme has grown to 7,499 covering all districts of the country, it said.
Sales in the financial year 2020-21 (up to 4 March 2021) has led to a total saving of approximately Rs 3,600 crore for citizens, as these medicines are cheaper by 50-90% than market rates.
The Prime Minister‘s Office said that in order to create more awareness about ‘Janaushadhi’, an entire week — from 1 March to 7 March — is being celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Week’ across the nation, with the theme of ‘Jan Aushadhi — Seva bhi, Rozgar bhi’.
The last day of the week will be celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’.