Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday announced to set up ‘Jan Aushadhi’ stores — the government-run generic medicine stores — at petrol pumps run by Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) across the country. The motive, Pradhan said, was part of the Jan Aushadhi scheme to offer quality medicines to all at affordable prices.
The Jan Aushadhi scheme was formulated and approved in the Standing Finance Committee Meeting of February 1, 2010 in consultation with the Planning Commission, which has now been replaced by government think-tank NITI Aayog.
“The Jan Aushadhi stores under the Department of Pharmaceuticals in the Chemicals and Fertilisers Ministry will also be opened at the PSU outlets in the future,” Pradhan said. He was speaking after state-run PSU Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) inked MoUs with fuel retailers for selling energy-efficient appliances and LED bulbs from petrol pumps.
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana under the Department of Pharmaceuticals has been tasked to open Jan Aushadhi stores across the country. According to its official web portal, 2,149 stores have been set up in the country so far.