The government will soon add around 4,000 Jan Aushadhi stores in India, taking their numbers to 10,000, said the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, D V Sadananda Gowda.
Out of 6,209 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in the country, more than 5,200 stores have been opened in the last three years.
Sales have increased from Rs. 7.29 crore in 2013-14 to an estimated Rs. 425 crore in 2019-20, he added.
The prime minister Narendra Modi said that the Janaushadhi network will be expanded especially in the Jammu and Kashmir, North-East, hilly and tribal/rural areas.
More than one crore families have benefited from the low-priced and quality medicines available at the Janaushadhi Kendras every month, the prime minister informed.
Jan Aushadhi scheme to ensure the supply of essential medicines at affordable cost across the country was started in 2008, From merely 86 outlets in 2014, there are as many as 6,209 Jan Aushadhi Kendras today, covering 700 out of 728 districts across the country.
The Jan Aushadhi Kendras offers wellness products, and surgical items apart from medicines. The scheme also provides a source of self-employment with sustainable and regular earnings.
All Kendras can be located and the prices of medicines compared with the help of the mobile app ‘Janaushadhi Sugam’.