The government has decided to revamp the ‘Jan Aushadhi’ scheme which seeks to provide quality medicine at affordable price. Out of 178 medical stores opened under the scheme across the country only 98 are functional.
According to a PIB release, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, informed the Rajya Sabha that the scheme is being revisited to expand its reach across the country. Details are being worked out by Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India (BPPI) in consultation with Department of Pharmaceuticals.
The aim of ‘Jan Aushadhi’ scheme is to make available quality medicines at affordable prices for all, especially the poor and the disadvantaged.
Under this campaign, less priced quality unbranded generic medicines will be made available through Jan Aushadhi stores which inherently are priced low but of equivalent quality, efficacy and safety as compared to branded generic medicines.