Pradhan Mantri Jan Ausadhi Yojana

Jan Ausadhi is a novel project launched by the Government of India in 2008 with the first Jan Ausadhi Kendra opened at Amritsar in Punjab. The scheme was later renamed Pradhan Mantri Jan Ausadhi Yojana

Objective of the Scheme:

Making quality medicines available at affordable prices to all especially the poor and disadvantaged through exclusive outlets "Jan Ausadhi Kendras"

Government has already taken the following steps to achieve this

  1. Price control of Scheduled Drugs through the National Pharmaceutical pricing authority (NPPA)
  2. Price regulation of Non-Scheduled Drugs
  3. Uniform VAT of 4% on medicines
  4. Reduction in Excise duty from 16% to 4%

Implementing Agency

BPPI (Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India) under the administrative control of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Govt of India is the implementing agency of Pradhan Mantri Jan Ausadhi Yojana.

Status as of Mar 2016

500 Jan Ausadhi Kendras spread across 26 States/UTs have already commenced operations.

Product basket contains 649 items (495 medicines and 154 surgical and consumables.

Medicines offered cover all the most commonly known therapeutic groups.

Actions taken to take this figure to 3000 by the end of March 2017.

Status as of Mar 2022

As on 31st January, 2022, the number of stores has increased to 8,675. Under the PMBJP, all 739 districts of the nation have been covered.

The Government has set a target to increase the number of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) to 10,500 by the end of March 2025.

Product basket of PMBJP comprises of 1451 drugs and 240 surgical instruments.