Janaushadhi Diwas Week

The Janaushadhi Diwas is being organized from 1st to 7th March 2022 by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Overview:

  • The 4th Jan Aushadhi Diwas will be celebrated on March 7th,
  • By the end of March 2025, the Indian Government has taken up the target to increase the number of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) to 10,500.

The theme of this week

4th Jan Aushadhi Diwas’s theme is “Jan Aushadhi-Jan Upyogi”.

The objective of the Janaushadhi Diwas Week

The objective of this week is to raise awareness about the benefits of Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana and the usages of generic medicines.

About Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana

In 2008, the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) was launched by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers with the aim to make quality generic medications available to all at affordable prices. This scheme also looked to raise awareness regarding the usage of generic medicine in the country. A public programme was also started involving the Government, Private Sector, PSUs, Societies, NGOs, Co-operative Bodies, etc.

As of January 2022, the number of stores under this scheme has increased to 8675. PMBJP’s product basket includes 240 surgical instruments and 1451 drugs. New nutraceuticals products and medicines such as malt-based food supplements, protein powder, immunity bar, protein bar, masks, sanitiser, oximeter, glucometer, etc. have also been launched. Three IT-enabled PMBJP warehouses are functional at Chennai, Gurugram, and Guwahati and a fourth one is set to begin operations at Surat. Also, 39 distributors have been assigned to help the delivery of medicines to remote and rural locations across the country.

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