Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Bureau of India (PMBI) is inviting applications from individuals, unemployed pharmacists, government-nominated agencies, NGOs, trusts, societies, etc. for opening of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs). The applications have been invited through an online process. Interested applicants can apply on PMBI’s website “janaushadhi.gov.in.” Eligible applicants will be given in-principal approval for taking drug license on the name of PMBJP on first come first basis.
The government has set a target to increase the number of PMBJKs to 10,000 by March 2024. Till 31st March, 2022, the number of stores has increased to 8,610. Under the PMBJP, all 739 districts of the country have been covered. New applications have been invited to cover 3,579 blocks of these 406 districts. Residents of small towns and block headquarters can now avail the opportunity to open Jan Aushadhi Kendras (JAKs). The scheme provides for incentive/special incentives for various categories, including women, SC/ST, hill districts, island districts and north-eastern states. This will ensure easy reach of affordable medicine to the people in every nook and corner of the country. Detailed terms and conditions for opening of PMBJP kendras and incentive schemes for various categories can be seen on PMBI’s website i.e. Janaushadhi.gov.in.