PIB Analysis 31-12-22

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)

  • PMBJP was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India in November, 2008.
  • It had an objective of making quality generic medicines available at affordable prices to all.
  • The target of opening 3000 Kendras was achieved in December 2017.
  • Further, a revised target of total 6000 outlets was also achieved in March, 2020.
  • The number of Kendras have now increased to 9000 from 8610 in the last financial year.
  • The Government has set a target to increase the number of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) to 10,000 by March 2024.
  • The product basket of PMBJP comprises 1759 medicines and 280 surgical devices covering all major therapeutic groups such as Cardiovascular, Anti-cancers, Anit-diabetics, Anti-infectives, Anti-allergic, Gastro-intestinal medicines, Nutraceuticals, etc.
  • In addition to this, various nutraceutical products like Protein Powder, Malt-based Food Supplements, etc. and some AYUSH products like Ayuraksha Kit, Balraksha Kit and Ayush-64 tablet as Immunity boosters have been added in the product basket of the Pariyojana.
  • Medicines available under PMBJP are priced 50%-90% less than that of branded medicines.
  • In the financial year 2021-22, sale of Rs. 893.56 Crore has been done, which has led to savings of about Rs. 5300 Crore to the citizens as compared to the branded medicines.
  • In the current financial year i.e. 2022-23, PMBI has made sales of Rs. 758.69 Crore till 30.11.2022 which has led to savings of approximately Rs. 4500 Cr. to the citizens.
  • Overall sales have seen a phenomenal growth which shows wider acceptance of Jan Aushadhi.
  • This scheme is providing a good source of self-employment with sustainable and regular earnings.
  • Under PMBJP, an incentive of Rs. 5.00 lakh is provided to the Janaushadhi Kendras as a financial assistance and one-time additional incentive of Rs. 2.00 lakh (as reimbursement for IT and Infra expenditure) is being provided to Janaushadhi Kendras opened in North-Eastern states, Himalayan areas, Island territories and backward areas mentioned as aspirational district by NITI Ayog or if opened by women entrepreneur, Ex-serviceman, Divyang, SC & ST.
  • Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Sanitary Napkins are sold at Rs. 1/- per pad through these 9000 PMBJP kendras across the country.
  • Since inception till 30.11.2022, 31.40 crore Janaushadhi Suvidha Sanitary pads have been sold at Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras, across the country.
  • There are four warehouses at Gurugram, Chennai, Guwahati and Surat.
  • These are backed by SAP based inventory management system to facilitate uninterrupted supply and faster delivery to remote and rural areas.