India to celebrate 7 March as Janaushadhi Diwas

India celebrates 7 March as Janaushadhi Diwas across the country.The Union Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Road Transport & Highways, and Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya announced. On the occasion of the ‘Janaushadhi Diwas’, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with owners of Janaushadhi Kendras and beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) across the country through video conference.

Key Highlights 

  • The Janaushadhi Diwas aims to provide further impetus and create awareness about the use of generic medicines. The day also highlights the initiatives undertaken by the Government in the direction of making quality healthcare affordable for all, like Ayushman Bharat, PMBJP, etc
  • The Government launched the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana to make affordable and quality generic medicines popular among the people. The Government aims to have at least 1 PMBJP Kendra in each block of the country by 2020.
  • About 10-15 lakh people benefit from Janaushadhi medicines per day and the market share of generic medicines has grown over three-fold from 2 percent to 7 percent in the last 3 years.
  • The PMBJP scheme has led to total savings of approximately Rs 1000 crores for common citizens, as these medicines are cheaper by 50 percent to 90 percent of the average market price.