Government allows trusts, societies etc to run 'Jan Aushadhi' stores
The move is expected to promote sale of generic drugs in India.
New Delhi, August 23, 2013: The Government of India has allowed trusts, societies, unemployed pharmacists and entrepreneurs, amongst others to run the ‘Jan Aushadhi’ stores to promote sales of affordable generic medicines across India. The move is seen as a part of the business plan to promote sale of low cost medicines and to overcome the challenges in increasing the number of Jan Aushadhi stores in the country. It may be noted here that Jan Aushadhi is a pharmacy chain started by the government in November 2008, for making generic drugs available at affordable prices to all.
"Under the new plan, the process of identification of operating agencies has now been simplified and entities other than those identified by the state governments are also proposed to be appointed as operating agencies for running the Jan Aushadhi stores," said Mr Srikant Kumar Jena, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
As per the new plan societies, trusts, unemployed pharmacists, entrepreneurs, etc would be eligible for appointment as operating agencies, he added. Under the new plan, the state identified agencies will continue to get an initial grant of Rs 2.5lakh while others would get sales linked incentives i.e. 10 per cent of monthly sales subject to a ceiling of Rs 10,000.
157 Jan Aushadhi stores have been opened so far out of which 93 are currently operational.