Amid lockdown, various Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJK) are accepting orders for medicines on WhatsApp and e-mail; where on the basis of uploaded prescriptions medicines are delivered at the doorsteps of the patients. At present, there are over 6,300 Jan Aushadhi Kendras, functioning in 726 districts. They ensure the supply of quality medicines at affordable prices; Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers said in a statement.
“It is heartening to note that many PMBJKs are using modern communication tools including social media platforms like WhatsApp to provide better services in effecting faster delivery of essential medicines to the needy,” Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers DV Sadananda Gowda said.
In addition, supply arrangements with India Post have also been made for supply to remotely located stores. Notably, the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India(BPPI), under Department of Pharmaceuticals, Union Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, paid its vendors within the due date. For solving their working capital issues for raw material & logistics.
Similarly, a Dedicated Team has been created of BPPI Officers for every State; to sort out bottlenecks in supply due to lockdown. Above all, Jan Aushadhi Kendras warehouses are working at full capacity. Inhouse residential arrangements have been made for the staff. Moreover, Helpline numbers of BPPI are working to resolve any issues of consumers and store owners. For maintaining the supply of essential Medicines during the lockdown period. Furthermore, BPPI issued purchase orders for 178 fast-moving medicines in the month of April having MRP of Rs 186.52 crore.