Shillong: Jan Aushadhi Diwas was observed in the State with the inauguration of the 7500th Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadi Kendra (PMBJK) at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong which was attended by Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma and Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways (Independent Charge) and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India, Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister, Health & Family Welfare, Meghalaya, A L Hek and Director, NEIGRIHMS.
Jan Aushadhi Diwas is organized every year on 7th March and this year too it is being celebrated across the country with the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi interacting with store owners and beneficiaries through video conferencing at selected PMBJK stores.
Speaking during the inauguration of the centre, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma, said that the medicines available at the stores are cheap and of good quality and this facility should reach everyone in the State. He added that medicine supply is less and are often expensive and hence the medicines available through these stores will benefit all especially the weaker sections of the society and those who require medicines regularly. “A holistic approach to Health care is the way forward and we look forward to opening more such stores across the State,” he said.
Also addressing the gathering during the occasion, Minister of State, Mansukh Mandaviya said that these stores can also be opened with the collaboration of private hospitals and NGOs. He assured of all support from the Ministry for those wishing to open such stores. He added that there should be awareness among the people about these stores so that people will benefit and procure quick, regular and cheap medicines.
The Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana, an initiative of the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers is an endeavor to provide quality medicines at affordable prices for all especially the poor and disadvantaged through exclusive outlets, the Pradhan Mantri Bharitya Janushadhi Kendra. The medicines are cheaper by 50% to 90% of average market price. This scheme is also providing a good source of self employment with sustainable and regular earnings.