Date : 14 June, 2017
The Indian Railways will sign an agreement with the Department of Pharmaceuticals for setting up outlets on rail premises.
- The railways will allow its premises to be used for opening Janaushadhi outlets across the country.
- The reason for this initiative is to make cheap medicine available to the common man under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana.
- The Janaushadhi campaign is launched by the government to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses through special outlets — the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras.
- “We have decided to set up Janaushadhi stores at railway stations, dispensaries, workshops and wherever possible on rail premises,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said.
- The modalities for setting up these outlets at platforms and other rail premises are being worked out.
- The aim is to provide generic drugs at cheaper prices to the public including railwaymen, Prabhu said.
- The generic medicines provided by these outlets at lesser prices are equivalent in quality and efficacy to expensive branded drugs.