Govt to provide medicines at doorstep

From demonetisation to Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS), laptop curbs to generic medicine mandate, there is an emerging pattern in the government of the day. Decisions are railroaded without thinking through or adequate deliberations on the likely fallout. They are later discarded. The inexplicable haste to rule by executive orders hurts governance, creates unnecessary anxieties among sectors.

In a novel move, the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendras(PMBJK) will accept the orders for medicines on WhatsApp and e-mail and will be delivered at the doorsteps of the patients.

The PMBJK, under the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, are accepting the orders for medicines on WhatsApp and e-mail, where on the basis of uploaded prescriptions medicines are delivered at the doorsteps of the patients.

This novel move is ensuring use of technology for facilitating easier procurement of medicines by the users.

Complementing PMBJKs for this initiative, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers DV Sadananda Gowda said, ” it is heartening to note that many PMBJKs are already using modern communication tools including social media plataforms like Whatsapp to provide better services in effecting faster delivery of essential medicines to the needy.”

PMBJKs are working under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana ( PMBJP). At present threre are over 6,300 PMBJKs functioning in 726 districts of the country ensuring supply of quality medicines at affordable prices. These medicine are cheaper by about 50% to 90% on an average. In April 2020 around Rs 52 crore worth of medicine have been supplied throught the country.

In addition, supply arrangements with India Post has also been made for supply to remotely located stores.

Moreover Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India(BPPI) under Department of Pharmaceuticals, Union Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, has paid its vendors within due date for solving their working capital issues for raw material & logistics.

Dedicated Team has been created of BPPI Officers for every State to sort out bottlenecks in supply due to lockdown.

Jan Aushadhi warehouses are working at full capacity and inhouse residential arrangements have been made for staff.

Helpline numbers of BPPI is working to resolve any issues of consumers and store owners.

For maintaining supply of essential Medicines during lock down period, BPPI has issued purchase orders for 178 fast moving medicines in the month of April having MRP of Rs 186.52 crore.


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