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Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)

With a view to achieve the objective of making available quality generic medicines at affordable prices to all, ‘Jan Aushadhi Scheme’ was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India in November, 2008 across the counthy. Now, the ‘Jan Aushadhi Scheme’ has been revisited and renamed as ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’ (PMBJP). the Scheme is being implemented through an registered society namely Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) which is working under the administrative control of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India. The Product Basket of the scheme now covers more than 800 medicines and 154 surgicals & consumables in all major therapeutic categories such as Anti-infectives, Anti-allergics, Anti-diabetics, Cardiovasculars, Anti-cancers, Gastro-intestinal medicines, etc.

Under PMBJP, the target of opening of 3,000 PMBJP Kendras across the country was achieved on 08.12.2017 and as on 15.11.2018, 4,410 PMBJP Kendras are functional in 35 States/Union Territories of the country.

PMBJP has resulted in 50-90% savings to patients in the area of healthcare by selling generic medicines through its PMBJP Kendras across the country. For example, the average market price of Cetrizine 10 mg 10 Tablets is Rs. 15.30 while the PMBJP’s price of Cetrizine 10 mg 10 Tablets is Rs. 1.84. Hence, % saving is 87.97.

The categories under which financial assistances are given to PMBJP Kendras are as under:

  1. For opening PMBJP Kendras in Government Hospital/ Medical College/ any Government owned building premises, one-time financial assistance upto Rs. 2.50 lakh is provided.
  2. For PMBJP Kendras run by pharmacists / NGOs / Charitable Societies / Institutions / Self-Help Groups that are linked with BPPI headquarters through internet (using BPPI provided software) will get incentive upto Rs. 2.5 lakhs @ 15% of monthly sales subject to a ceiling of Rs. 10,000/- per month.
  3. The applicants belonging to weaker sections like SC/ST/Differently abled are provided medicines worth Rs. 50,000/- in advance within the incentive of Rs. 2.5 lakhs.
  4. For north eastern states, naxal affected areas and tribal areas, the rate of incentive will be 15% subject to a monthly ceiling of Rs. 15,000/- upto a total limit of Rs. 2.5 lakhs.
  5. Incentive is to be given to PMBJP Kendras, run by private entrepreneurs on the basis of their purchase of medicines (from Distributor/ Central Warehouse/ Regional Warehouse) in a month. The incentive will be given @ 15% of monthly purchase subject to a ceiling of Rs. 10,000/- per month upto a total limit of Rs. 2.5 lakhs. Use of point-of-sale software by PMBJP Kendra will not be a mandatory condition for receipt of incentives. The individual entrepreneurs belonging to weaker sections like SC/ST/Differently abled are provided medicines worth Rs. 50,000/- in advance within the incentive of Rs. 2.5 lakhs. Rest incentives will be provided in the form of 15% of monthly purchase subject to a ceiling of Rs. 10,000/- per month upto a total limit of Rs. 2.5 lakhs. For north eastern states, naxal affected areas and tribal areas, the rate of incentive to individual entrepreneur will be 15% of monthly purchase subject to a ceiling of Rs. 15,000/- per month upto a total limit of Rs. 2.5 lakhs.

More details about the scheme are available at janaushadhi.gov.in