Northeast to get 800 new Janaushadhi Kendras very soon

Among that 800 kendras, 200 Janaushadhi Kendras to come up in various places of Assam

The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal announced that as many as 800 new Janaaushadhi centres under Pradhan Mantri Aushadhi Pariyojna will be set up in the Northeast. He further said that out of this as many as 400 Janaushadi Kendras will be set up in Assam. The minister was attending the celebration of the Janaushadhi Diwas at an event in Ulubari today.
The Union Minister also distributed prizes to best performing persons from all the Jan Aushadi Kendras in the region. The Jan Aushadhi Sharvashrestha award was given to Rupa Chetri, the Jan Aushadhi Jyoti award was given to Dr. Seema Bora and Archana Borthakur, the Jan Aushadhi Mitra award was given to Shri Mukesh Singh and the Jan Aushadhi Doot award was given to Shri Bhargav Baishya. The Member of Parliament in Loksabha for Guwahati, Queen Oja as well as Principal of Government Ayurvedic college, Dr Ramakanta Sharma also attended the programme.
The awardees at the programme
Image: The awardees at the programme
The Jan Aushadi Diwas is being held across the country from March 1 to March 7. In line with Jan Aushadhi Diwas, PM Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with the beneficiaries of Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana and owners of Jan Aushadhi Kendras through video conference. On the occasion, the Union Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal said, "The Jan Aushadi Pariyojana is providing a huge service to the common people as well as providing an opportunity to earn a dignified livelihood for many to become Atmanirbhar. I thank Hon'ble PM Shri Narendra Modi ji for his noble initiative of Jan Aushadi Pariyojana that has helped immensely."
The Minister further added, "Today, apart from allopathic medicines, traditional medicines of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy are also available in Jan Aushadi Kendras. The Government of India is also aiming to set up 800 Jan Aushadi Kendras in the North East, including 400 in Assam. I seek your support in realising this goal."
Jan Aushadhi Medicines undergo a two-stage stringent quality check process at nationally accredited labs. Senior officials from the Ministry of AYUSH, dignitaries and Jan Aushadhi beneficiaries and local residents attended the event
Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India. Under this scheme, dedicated outlets known as Janaushadhi Kendras are opened to provide generic medicines. The target of opening 3000 Kendras was achieved in December 2017. Further, a revised target of total 6000 outlets was also achieved in March 2020. As on 28.02.2022, 8689 Janaushadhi Kendras are functional across the country.
Sarbananda Sonowal addresses the public
Image: Sarbananda Sonowal addresses the public
The product basket of PMBJP comprises 1451 drugs and 240 pieces of surgical equipment. A medicine under PMBJP is priced on the principle of a maximum of 50% of the average price of top three branded medicines. Therefore, the cost of the Jan Aushadhi Medicines is cheaper at least by 50% and in some cases, by 80% to 90% of the market price of branded medicines. PMBJP has drastically brought down the prices of quality medicines and made medicines available within the reach of a large section of the population.
Jan Aushadhi Medicines are procured on an open tender basis from WHO-GMP compliant manufacturers only. Jan Aushadhi Medicines undergo two-stage stringent quality check process at nationally accredited labs. Senior officials from the Ministry of AYUSH, dignitaries and Jan Aushadhi beneficiaries and local residents attended the event.
Further addressing the media at the same event, Sonowal thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his constant efforts towards making India a healthier nation by establishing the Jana Aushadhi Kendras, which have been promoting the thought: "Sewa Bhi, Razgaar Bhi". He even thanked Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya for all his support. It was mentioned that during the Covid period, India has created a record by sending vaccines to around 150 countries. Emphasis was laid on making both traditional medicines as well as modern medicine available in all the sub-centres.
Narendra Modi joining through virtual mode
Image: Narendra Modi joining through virtual mode
Speaking to Fit Northeast, Rupa Chetri said, "It is a proud day for all of us who are associated with the Jana Aushadhi Kendras. I being a woman, always try to promote sanitary napkins and it's a pleasure that at every Jana Aushadhi Kendra, the organically manufacture sanitary napkins are available at a price of Rs 10 per packet which is affordable for people from every section of the society". Apart from this, various health awareness camps are conducted within this week.



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