Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated 7,500th Janaushadhi Kendra at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong on Sunday via video conferencing.
While addressing the event, PM Modi interacted with the beneficiaries of ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’. He said that the initiative will help the poor save money by providing medicines at affordable cost from these centres.
He claimed that people refer to the stores selling medicines at an affordable rate as Modi ki Dukan.
The Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Pariyojana is being run across the nation for poor and middle-income families. It aims to provide quality medicines at an affordable price as well as provides employment opportunities to the youth.
It has been decided to make available 75 Ayush medicines across Janaushadhi centres in the country. As part of the scheme, the women can avail the sanitary pads at Rs 2.5, said the PM Modi. So far, more than 11 crore sanitary napkins have been sold at Janaushadhi centres.
PM Modi also said that the Janaushadhi scheme also empowers women with over 1000 of its centres being run by them. The supplements for pregnant women are also made available under Jan Aushadhi Janani.
In order to create more awareness about ‘Jan Aushadhi’, the PM Modi has announced an entire week – from March 1 to March 7 – to be celebrated as Jan Aushadhi Week across the nation, with the theme of Jan Aushadhi – Seva bhi, Rozgar bhi. The last day of the week will be celebrated as Jan ushadhi Diwas, according to the Prime Minister’s office.
Meanwhile, PM Modi addressed a rally at Brigade Ground in West Bengal as part of the BJP’s Parivartan Yatra ahead of the state assembly election on Saturday. In the rally , it was announced that the veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty has joined the saffron party.