Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana Current Affairs - 2020

Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendra: Sales up to Rs 100 crores

On June 1, 2020, the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendra achieved sales up to Rs 100.40 crores in the first two months of the financial year 2020-21. The sales were high as compared to the sales in the same two months period of 2019-20.

Highlights

The Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendra have saved Rs 800 crores through the sales of medicines in the two months of the financial year 2020-21. The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) are responsible for the success. It is the BPPI that implements Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana through the network of Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Kendra.

Role of BPPI

Currently BPPI is actively working to fight against COVID-19. It is maintaining adequate stock of medicines that are under great demand such as Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin and Paracetamol. It also holds adequate stocks of hand sanitizers and face masks. BPPI also places purchase order of procurement of medicines of high demand to friendly countries.

6,300 Janaushadhi Kendras operating during Lock Down

The Government of India is currently making sure that there are enough medicines available at Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Kendras.

Highlights

There are more than 6,300 Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Kendras in the country working to ensure affordable medicines. GoI is making sure affordable medicines are available in these kendras. The warehouses are to operate 24/7 to deal with the current situation.

Mobile application called “Jan Aushadhi Sugam” was launched. The application will help to locate nearest Janaushadhi Kendra in the country. The application also provides details about the medicines available in the Kendras. Also, the staffs working under the initiative will provide door deliveries.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi were set up to provide generic drugs. It was launched in 2014 with the aim of “Quality Medicines at Affordable prices for all”. These Kendras will provide equivalent drugs as branded drugs are expensive. These stores also sell surgical items supplied by BPPI (Bureau of Pharma Public Sector undertakings of India).