Udupi, Mar 08, 2021: Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers D V Sadananda Gowda said that the measures will be taken to increase Jan Aushadhi Kendras to 75 in Udupi district. At present, there are 49 centres in the district.
He was speaking during the Jan Aushadhi Divas programme, along with virtual interaction by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, organised at a ground near the community health centre in Brahmavar in the district.
Gowda called upon the people to avail the benefits of the Kendras, which offer medicines at affordable prices. Already, 7,500 Kendras have been set up across the country. The present financial budget has earmarked Rs 2.33 lakh crore, which accounts for 137% extra allocation, for the health sector.
With an aim to provide better healthcare facilities and to offer medicines at affordable prices, the Jan Aushadhi Kendras are being set up in the country, he added.
The Minister assured that the medicines offered at the Kendras are of the utmost quality with laboratory tested under the National Accreditation Board for testing and calibration laboratories.
Later, speaking to the reporters, the minister said that the state budget, to be presented on Monday, will concentrate on priority sectors. He recalled that when the Union Budget was announced, there were several suspicions. However, currently, it is considered as one of the best fiscal budgets in the world introduced during the pandemic, he added.
MP Shobha Karandlaje said that the target of 75 Jan Aushadhi Kendras would be met in another 10 days. There are more than 100 applicants, who are eager to take up the opportunity to set up the Kendras in the district.
Lauding the scheme, Shobha said that the PM wanted to ensure that medicines were affordable for the poor.
Retorting to a query on budget, the MP said that the state budget presented on International Women’s Day should concentrate on women who are the changemakers. It should be women-centric prioritising their needs, he added.