State, Centre sign MoU for 200 generic medicine shops

 Karnataka has signed an MoU with the Centre to set up 200 Jan Aushadhi Kendras and 500 persons have applied seeking permission to open generic medicine shops, Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

There is no specific target for Karnataka, but the state had signed an MoU for starting 200 kendras with the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) in the department of chemicals and pharmaceuticals. So far, 17 kendras are functional (8 in government hospitals and 9 on private premises), Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya said.

Replying to K C Ramamurthy (Congress), the minister said as per the advertisement issued in December 2016, inviting applications for opening Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras, approximately 500 people have applied from across Karnataka, he said.

The Department of Pharmaceuticals is planning to open 3,000 Jan Aushadhi stores all over the country in the next three years to sell 360 generic medicines in collaboration with charitable trusts and non-governmental organisations.

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