Jan Aushadhi Train flagged off by Mansukh Mandaviya and Ashwini Vaishnaw

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Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav flagged off the Jan Aushadhi train (Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti Express) in New Delhi on 3 March.

An overview of the news

  • The train is dedicated to the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP).

  • The train has been wrapped with branding of Jan Aushadhi scheme to spread the awareness among public about generic medicines available at Jan Aushadhi centers.

  • Medicines are available at affordable prices in more than nine thousand Jan Aushadhi Kendras in India.

  • This train will travel through 184 stations covering more than four states in two months.

  • Jan Aushadhi Kendras provide quality and affordable medicines.

  • Indian Railways is also running a special campaign for promotion of affordable generic medicines to create awareness among the public.

  • The Ministry of Railways has decided to open Jan Aushadhi Kendras at some major railway stations which will prove beneficial for the passengers.

  • This train will travel to more than 4 states in 2 months.

About Jan Aushadhi Scheme

  • The Jan aushadhi scheme was launched in 2008 by the UPA government.

  • This scheme was relaunched in the year 2015, by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

  • This campaign was started across the country by selling generic medicines through “Jan Aushadhi Medical Stores”.

  • In 2015, the name of 'Jan Aushadhi Yojana' was changed to 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana' (PMJAY), but it was changed to "Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Yojana" in November 2016.

  • Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) scheme was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India with the objective of providing quality generic medicines available at affordable prices to all.

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