Union Minister of
Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananthkumar
inaugurated and presided over the orientation programme for the district
conveners of National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS) here today, for
launching of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) in the
country. The workshop was targeted to educate and channelize youth to
synergize their efforts for taking ahead the mission to open 3000 PMBJKs
by March 2017.
As a follow up activity to the MoU signed earlier between Bureau of
Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) and NYCS for establishing 1000 PMBJKs in the
country, the workshop served the purpose of laying the details of the
Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) threadbare and
presented a future model of a PMBJK before the district conveners of
NYCS. Representatives from 24 States and 106 districts from across the
country attended the programme to further help spread the scheme in
their respective zones and bring momentum in opening of PMBJKs.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Ananth Kumar emphasized on the need to
open more and more PMBJKs, which should be based on 3As – Authenticity,
Availability and Affordability. He also appreciated the efforts made by
BPPI and NYCS in achieving the same. As only 40% of the population is
able to avail branded medicines whereas the remaining 60% are deprived
of it due to poverty and other reasons, the PMBJKs will provide
affordable quality medicine to all citizens, under PMBJP which is an
initiative of the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals
and Fertilizers. Currently there are 777 PMBJKs and the target is to
achieve 3000 kendras by March 2017, the Minister added.
The gathering constituted of Ministry officials, around 170 delegates
from various districts, BPPI officials, Medical and Pharma association
representatives, representatives from Health Service Projects and
Hospitals (Swasthya Seva Pakalps), Medical and Pharma sector
entrepreneurs who gave their suggestions for smooth and effective
implementation of the Pariyojana down the line at grassroots level.