Jan Aushadhi Yojana comes as a big relief especially for those finding it unaffordable to buy quality medicine when they need it. However, a big number of people are still left to take its advantage because of unawareness, costing them their hard-earned money and financial stability. For them, Jan Aushadhi Week- starting from 1st March to 7th March, 2022, has proved to be a great awareness measure with 7th March being celebrated as Jan Aushadhi Diwas every year. As Jan Aushadhi Kendra is also creating good business and job opportunities for thousands of people, we are giving here the details of how one can open this Kendra with all requirements involved in the process.
Who can open Jan Aushadhi Yojana?
The concerned department of the government of India has formed three categories to open a Jan Aushadhi Kendra (PMBJP Kendra). Under the first category, anyone, unemployed pharmacist, doctor, registered medical practitioners can open it. Under second category, a trust, NGO, private hospital, society, and self-help groups can avail this opportunity. And under third category, the government nominated agency is authorised to open such kendra. To avail this opportunity, an individual needs to have a shop of 120 square feet so that he can be provided with over 700 generic medicines.
How to open it
To open Jan Aushadhi Kendra, one needs to have a license of retail drug sales in the name of Janaushadhi kendra. Before putting forth application, one should have PAN card, Aaadhaar, while NGOs, hospitals, charitable trusts need registration certificates along with PAN and Aaadhaar card to open PMBJP Kendra.
The application form can be downloaded from https://janaushadhi.gov.in/ and send it to the General Manager (A&F), Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertaking of India (BPPI). The address of the concerned office can be taken from the website. Online application can also be submitted by filling up all the details with all requisite documents.
The income of an entrepreneur doing this business, depends upon per month sale of medicines. If one is able to sell medicines of Rs one lakh, he/she will have an income of Rs 20,000 as the commission of 20% is fixed over the sale. Initially, besides the commission, one also gets an incentive of 15% on one’s monthly sale directly credited into bank account.
8600 Jan Aushadhi stores
There are now more than 8600 Jan Aushadhi stores across the country, covering almost every district in line with the Prime Minister’s vision to make medicines affordable and accessible to the citizens. The way people are getting aware of the availability of medicines at affordable prices, the number of such Kendra is bound to go up, which is a great opportunity for those wishing to go into this business. The government is also taking several measures in this direction. During Jan Aushadhi week has proved to be of great benefit, generating awareness about the usage of generic medicines and benefits of Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana. Various events such as Jan Aushadhi Sankalp Yatra, Matri Shakti Samman, Jan Aushadhi Bal Mitra, Jan Aushadhi Jan Jagran Abhiyan, Aao Jan Aushadhi Mitra Baney and Jan Aushadhi Jan Arogya Mela have been organized during the week.
Sales in the financial year 2020-21 led to total savings of approximately Rs 3,700 Crore for common citizens as the medicines are cheaper by up to 90 percent than the market prices.
The Product Basket of PMJP
The product basket of PMBJP comprises of 1451 drugs and 240 surgical instruments. Further, new medicines and nutraceuticals products like protein powder, malt-based food supplements, protein bar, immunity bar, sanitizer, masks, glucometer, oximeter, etc. are also available. Presently, three IT-enabled warehouses of PMBJP are functional at Gurugram, Chennai & Guwahati and the fourth one is ready to start operations at Surat. Further, 39 distributors have been appointed across the country to support the supply of medicines to remote and rural areas.