Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Bureau of India crosses INR 100 Crore sales in May month

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Source : PIB

The Indian Government has set a target to increase the number of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) to 10,000 by March 2024. The government claims that till 31st May 2022, the number of stores has increased to 8735. Under the PMBJP, 739 districts of the country have been covered.

In its journey of the last 8 years, starting from the annual turnover of Rs. 8 Crore in the year 2014-15, PMBI has clocked its highest monthly sales turnover of Rs. 100 Crore in the month of May, 2022.

It is observed that the sales have gained us two-sided positive effects as it has also saved around Rs. 600 crore of citizens of the country. In May, 2021, while dealing with the COVID-19 second wave, PMBI’s total sales were Rs. 83.77 crore. 

The Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers stated, ‘People have been able to reduce their out-of-pocket expenditure on medicines with the government intervention of this noble scheme.’

PMBJP Kendras make available more than 1600 medicines and 250 surgical devices including nutraceuticals, Ayush products and Suvidha Sanitary pads which are sold at Rs. 1/- per pad.

Under PMBJP, new applications have also been invited to cover 3579 blocks of 406 districts to provide quality generic medicines through Jan Aushadhi Kendras to every citizen of the country. Residents of small towns and block headquarters can now avail the opportunity to open Jan Aushadhi Kendras. 

The scheme provides for the incentive of Rs. 5.00 lakh and special incentives of up to Rs. 2.00 lakh for various categories including women, SC/ST, Hill districts, Island districts, and the North-Eastern States. This will ensure the easy reach of affordable medicine to the people in every nook and corner of the country.

Accordingly, PMBI has strengthened the supply chain system by setting up four warehouses at Gurugram, Chennai, Guwahati, and Surat. In addition, there is a strong distributor network of 39 distributors across India to ensure timely supplies in every part of India.