Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)

The Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana  (PMBJP) scheme was launched during the 11th plan period in November, 2008. It is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Govt. Of India, to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses through special kendra’s known as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra.
Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana

  • The campaign was undertaken through sale of generic medicines through exclusive outlets namely “Jan Aushadhi Medical Store”in various districts of the country.
  • The first “Jan Aushadhi Medical Store” was opened on 25th November 2008 at Amritsar in Punjab.
  • More than 850 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kednra’s are presently functional spread over 28 States/UTs

Objective of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana

The objective of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana  (PMBJP) is:

  • To bring down the healthcare budget of every citizen of India through providing Quality generic Medicines at Affordable Prices.
  • Making quality medicines available at affordable prices for all, particularly the poor and disadvantaged, through exclusive outlets “Jan Aushadhi Medical Store”, so as to reduce out of pocket expenses in healthcare


Some of the features of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana:

  • State Governments or any organization / reputed NGOs / Trusts / Private hospitals / Charitable institutions / Doctors / Unemployed pharmacist/ individual entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for new Jan Aushadhi stores.
  • BPPI shall arrange suitable training program for the entrepreneurs who do not have any experience in running medicine shops
  • The applicants shall have to employ one B Pharma / D Pharma degree holder as Pharmacist in their proposed store.
  • Jan Aushadhi stores can be located within Government hospital premises as well as Private hospital premises or anywhere outside..
  • BPPI shall establish a Central Ware House, C&F agents at different locations and Distributors in all the States/UTs.
  • Financial support is provided to applicants as per conditions laid out in scheme.
  • Incentive is given @ 15% of monthly sales subject to a ceiling of Rs. 10,000/- per month up to a limit of Rs. 2.5 lakhs. In north easternStates, i.e. naxal affected areas and tribal areas, the rate of incentive is 15% and subject to monthly ceiling of Rs. 15,000 and total limit of Rs. 2.5 lakhs.

Implementing Agency

BPPI (Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India), under the administrative control of the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals& Fertilizers, Government of India is the implementation agency.


  • Number of Jan Aushadhi stores envisaged: 3000 by March 2017.
  • Coverage: All the Districts in the Country
  • Number of medicinal products: 1000 (2000 by 2024)
  • Number of Surgicals: 300 by 2024
  • Type of Products: Medicines, Surgicals & Consumables, Stents & Replacements etc.

Budgetary Support

An amount of Rs 50 Crore had been allotted in the budget 2020-21. The government has proposed to expand the scheme to all districts, and offer 2,000 medicines and 300 surgicals by 2024

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