The Union Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya on October 16, 2018 inaugurated the hi-tech Central Warehouse of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) at Bilaspur, Gurugram.
The warehouse, setup by the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI), would facilitate seamless distribution of Jan Aushadhi generic medicines to all PMBJP Kendra functional across the country.
Key Milestones achieved under PMBJP
• Currently, there are more than 4200 PMBJP Kendra functional in 34 states and union territories across India.
• As a result, over 700 medicines and 154 surgical and consumables are available in the basket for sale. Shortly the basket will be enhanced to 1000 medicines.
• The central warehouse has been established as per WHO guidelines for ensuring better quality storage and logistics services.
• Further, a distribution network of one central warehouse, four regional warehouse and 53 distributors spread over different states has been made functional.
• IT-enabled (SAP based) end-to-end supply chain management system has been implemented.
• The ‘point of sale’ software application at all the PMBJP Kendra has also been implemented.
• Around 638 districts have been covered and the remaining 81 will be covered on priority basis under the healthcare scheme.
• Further, all financial transactions are being done in digital mode upholding the concept of “Digital India”.
Digital Cash Management System
MoS Mansukh Mandaviya also inaugurated the Digital Cash Management System for the healthcare scheme, which will be implemented as a partnership between BPPI and Bank of Baroda.
The system will be implemented at all PMBJP Kendras for purchasing medicines and cashless payment system with BPPI. The Bank of Baroda will also provide a loan to all PMBJP Kendras for purchasing medicines.
The cashless transactions will be done only through unique virtual accounts opened by Bank of Baroda for each and every PMBJP Kendra, across the country.
Besides, the Minister also released the first edition of e-magazine of PMBJP “Jan Aushadhi Samvad” (September 2018 edition). On the occasion, the Minister said that it is important to have open communications with all stakeholders and publication of the e-magazine is a positive step in the direction.
The scheme aims to bring down the healthcare budget for all Indian citizens, particularly the poor and disadvantaged, by providing quality generic medicines at affordable prices.
It further aims to:
Jan Aushadhi Campaign
The PMBJP scheme aims to make all commonly used generic drugs available at Jan Aushadhi Stores.
‘Jan Aushadhi’ is a project launched by the Union Government in 2008 to provide quality medicines at affordable prices for all.
The campaign was undertaken through sale of generic medicines through exclusive outlets by the name ‘Jan Aushadhi Medical Store’ in various districts of the country.
The first ‘Jan Aushadhi Medical Store’ was opened on November 25, 2008 at Amritsar in Punjab.
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