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  • Medicines available at PM Jan Aushadhi Kendras in

    09 Jan 2024: Medicines available at PM Jan Aushadhi Kendras in

    Swapan Mahato , Photo Journalist , Freelance

    New Delhi, 9th January 2024: Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah distributed store codes for the operation of Prime Minister's Bharatiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras through Primary Agriculture Credit Societies (PACS) in five states on Monday. Shah underscored, "Now, affordable and high-quality medicines available at PM Jan Aushadhi Kendras will reach the impoverished in rural areas through PACS." Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the adept guidance of Minister of Home Affairs and Cooperation Amit Shah, PACS is undergoing a transformative process to become multifunctional. Shah, known for bolstering the cooperative movement, oversees the establishment of Jan Aushadhi Kendras in 2,373 PACS nationwide. Shah's visionary step ensures that the benefits of affordable medicines will extend to the rural poor and farmers through PACS. Previously, the urban poor were the primary beneficiaries of Jan Aushadhi Kendras, mainly in urban areas. Over the past decade, under the Modi government, significant reforms have elevated India's pharma sector to a global leader. India, sending medicines to the world, stands in stark contrast to its past when the nation struggled to afford medicines for its population. Amit Shah's policies are actively working towards streamlining the distribution of generic medicines, reaching over 60 crore underprivileged individuals through the Bharatiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras. Healthcare in rural areas has seen considerable improvement under Modi, with a strong focus on cooperative initiatives. Shah believes that the convergence of cooperation and health is a confluence of prosperity and good health. Presently, around 2,300 PACS are distributing affordable medicines in rural areas across states like Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and the North East. Resolute in his commitment to expanding the reach of Jan Aushadhi Kendras through PACS, with the Ministry of Cooperation, Shah is actively working to establish 2 lakh new PACS, ensuring their presence in every panchayat. Today, with more than 10,000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras, offering over 2,260 medicines, the Home Minister’s relentless efforts ensure that cooperative initiatives uplift even the poorest of the poor. Shah's dedication to realising Prime Minister Modi's dream of prosperity through cooperation is poised to eradicate the shadow of poverty from the nation in the coming years.