New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday will dedicate to the nation the 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) at Shillong in Meghalaya via video conferencing.
During the event, he will interact with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana and also give awards to stakeholders by recognizing their excellent work. Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers DV Sadanand Gowda will also be present on the occasion.
Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana was initiated with an aim to provide quality medicines at an affordable price. The number of stores under the scheme has grown to 7,499, with all districts of the country covered. Sales in the current financial year has led to total savings of nearly three thousand 600 crore rupees for common citizens.
The cost of medicines sold at Janaushadhi Kendra’s has been quite cheaper by 50 per cent to 90 per cent than their corresponding market rates.
The first week of March is being celebrated as ‘Janaushadhi Week’ across the nation, with the theme of ‘Jan Aushadhi – Seva Bhi, Rozgar Bhi’ with the last day being observed as ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’.