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New Delhi : Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mansukh L. Mandaviya, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on February 12, 2019, stated that as on February 5, 2019, 5,001 ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Kendras’ are functional in 651 districts of the country.

At present, the product basket of PMBJP covers more than 800 medicine and 154 surgicals & consumables covering all therapeutic groups such as Anti-infectives, Anti-diabetics, Cardiovasculars, Anti-cancers, Gastro-intestinal medicines, etc.

The Minister further stated that as per the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) note on ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP), the three year plan of PMBJP envisaged opening of 1,000 PMBJP Kendras each year i.e. 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. The targets for opening PMBJP Kendras during 2017-18 and 2018-19 have already been achieved by the Government, he said.

Mandaviya said that the Government endeavours to cover all States, Union Territories, districts of the country by opening more and more PMBJP Kendras in the country to make available quality generic medicines at affordable prices to all. To achieve this objective, applications are invited from individuals, NGOs, Charitable Institutions/Hospitals, Private Hospitals, Trusts, Societies, Self Help Groups and Government Agencies for opening PMBJP Kendras through online as well as offline mode. Application fee for opening PMBJP Kendras has been waived off so that more and more people can apply under the scheme, the Minister added, according to a PIB release.

In Bihar, 144 PMBJP Kendras are functional while in Andhra Pradesh 177 such Kendras are functional. In UP, 793 PMBJP Kendras are functional while in Maharashtra 334 Kendras are functional. In Chhattisgarh, 206 such Kendras are functional while in Delhi 68 Kendras are functional. In Gujarat, 479 PMBJP Kendras are running while in Karnataka 479 Kendra are functional.

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