88 drugs and surgical and consumables are included in Jan Aushadhi Scheme



88 drugs and surgical and consumables are included in Jan Aushadhi Scheme 

            With a view to achieving the objective of making available quality medicines at affordable prices, the Government has been taking several regulatory and fiscal measures from time to time.   In order to provide further relief to the common man in the area of healthcare, a countrywide campaign for ensuring  availability of generic medicines at  affordable prices to all, in the name of “Jan Aushadhi”, was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals in November, 2008 in collaboration with the State Governments as a direct market intervention strategy.

            Under the Jan Aushadhi Scheme, those Jan Aushadhi Stores proposed within Government hospital premises, a one-time financial assistance to the extent of Rs.2.50 Lakh (Rs.1 Lakh for furnishing, Rs.50000/- for computer and peripherals, Refrigerator etc. and another Rs.1 Lakh worth medicines to commence operations) is granted.  Besides, the Jan Aushadhi Stores run by private entrepreneurs/ pharmacists/Non-Governmental Organizations/charitable organizations that are linked with the Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India (BPPI), the implementing agency through internet will get an incentive upto Rs.1.50 lakh.  This will be given @ 10% of monthly sales subject to a ceiling of Rs.10,000/- per month upto a limit of Rs.1.5 lakhs.  In North-Eastern States, Naxal affected areas and tribal areas , the rate of incentive will be 15% and subject  to a monthly ceiling of Rs.15,000/- and total limit of Rs.1.5 lakhs.  The margin available for the Retailers is upto  20% and for Distributors upto 10% has also been increased so as to ensure a reasonable level of profitability for them. 
            Presently 88 drugs and surgical and consumables are included in Jan Aushadhi Scheme.   The available medicines (therapeutic category wise) available in the scheme at present are as under:
S. No
Therapeutic category
No. of Medicines
1.
Anti-allergy
8
2.
Anti-infective
127
3.
Anti-cancer
10
4.
Antidiabetic agents
25
5.
Central Nervous System disease
25
6.
Cardio Vascular Agents
66
7.
Eye Nose throat product
2
8.
Eye disease
4
9.
Gastro Intestinal Tract disease
55
10.
Harmon
3
11.
Non Opoidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs
4
12.
Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs
51
13.
Nutrient
1
14.
Respiratory disease
40
15.
Skin disease
18
16.
Vaccine
1
17.
Vitamins & Minerals
28
18.
Miscellaneous
20

Total
488

            This was informed by the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in reply to an unstarred question in the Lok Sabha today.
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Fertilizer companies are required to print the MRP and available subsidy on each bag of P&K fertilizers. 

            The Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers  Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed the Lok Sabha  today in reply to an Unstarred Question  that  the existing mechanism put in place to monitor the prices of P&K fertilizers is as under:-

i.                    Sale of fertilizers above the printed  price is punishable under the EC Act.

ii.                  (a) It has been made mandatory for the fertilizer companies to submit alongwith their subsidy claims, the cost data of their fertilizer products from 2012-13 onwards in prescribed format on six monthly basis . The Department has also appointed Cost Accountants/ Firms to scrutinize the said cost data to ensure that the prices fixed by the fertilizer companies are reasonable.
(b) It has also been stipulated in the provisions that in cases, where after scrutiny, unreasonableness of MRP is established or where there is no correlation between the cost of production or acquisition and the MRP printed on the bags, the subsidy would be restricted or denied even if the product is otherwise eligible for subsidy under NBS Scheme. In proven case of abuse of subsidy mechanism, the Department of Fertilizers, on the recommendation of Inter-Ministerial Committee may exclude any grade/grades of fertilizers of a particular company or the fertilizer company itself from the NBS Scheme. This punitive provision checks overpricing of Fertilizers.
                                                                                                                                          
        Department of Fertilizers allocates sufficient /adequate quantities of fertilizers to States by issuing monthly supply plan and continuously monitors the availability of fertilizers. Details of availability of all chemicals fertilizers ( Urea, DAP, MOP & NPK) for the last three years 2013-14 to 2015-16 ( April, 2015 to February, 2016 ) are given below:-


( Figure in LMT)
Year
Urea
DAP
MOP
NPK
Availability
Sales
Availability
Sales
Availability
Sales
Availability
Sales
2013-14
306.75
304.54
72.90
69.03
23.32
21.92
79.63
75.15
2014-15
310.42
308.73
77.80
75.57
30.72
27.79
90.57
85.98
2015-16  (April-15 to Feb.-16)
305.92
290.48
96.58
85.11
25.85
22.39
90.51
82.01


            It can be seen from the above table that availability of all chemical fertilizers against sales is sufficient/adequate and there is no shortage of fertilizers.
 

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