By Taazakhabar News Bureau
The government is proposing to open about 1000 more stores under the Jan Aushadhi Scheme to provide quality generic medicines at affordable prices through these special outlets.
Speaking at a function organised by the Indian Social Responsibility Network (ISRN) a facilitation network to build the corporate social responsibility (CSR) space in India, at New Delhi, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, Hansraj G. Ahir said that these stores will be opened for the underprivileged who would be provided medicines at a price of 60-70% less than the market price.
The Minister said that his Ministry is working on opening 1000 stores under the Jan Aushadhi Scheme.
He said that the Jan Aushadhi Scheme stores will be renamed, rebranded and will increasingly involve B. Pharma and M. Pharma qualified unemployed populace.
The market for producing quality branded and generic medicines evolved from a mere Rs 1,500 crores industry in 1980 to a more than Rs 1,19,000 crores industry in 2012.
Although these medicines are reasonably priced, as compared to the prices of their equivalent medicines in most other countries, yet a large population of poor people in the country, find it difficult to afford the more expensive branded category of medicines. Hence the government’s initiative is to ensure availability of quality medicines at affordable prices to all’.