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What is Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra?

The Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) was introduced on April 23, 2008, by the Pharma Advisory Forum. The primary goal of the Jan Aushadhi campaign is to make quality generic medications available to the general public at affordable prices through its designated retail locations, known as Jan Aushadhi Medical Stores, located all over India. The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) is the implementation agency for Jan Aushadhi Medical Stores, which is responsible for the manufacture, marketing, and quality control of generic pharmaceuticals.

Objective & Vision of Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana has been launched to achieve multiple objectives which have been listed below:

  • To raise public awareness concerning generic medications.

  • To encourage consumers to purchase generic drugs through healthcare professionals.

  • To elevate consciousness through education and awareness programs that a high price does not always imply high quality.

  • To offer all of the widely used generic medications that cover all of the therapeutic categories.

  • To offer all associated healthcare products as part of the program.


Moreover, the PM-JAY scheme is also focused on the vision to reduce the cost of healthcare for each Indian citizen by offering high-quality generic medications at reasonable costs.

Features of Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi (PM-JAY)

  • Provide quality medicines at a reduced cost for people with low income.

  • Decrease treatment costs for people without compromising on quality.

  • Create awareness around generic medicine and break the taboo associated with quality and high prices.

  • The medicines are obtained from WHO Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Current Good Manufacturing Practice, and CPSU manufacturers. The mentioned system ensures that the medicines are consistent and meet the quality standards set by the BPPI.

  • It involves NGOs, cooperative societies, PSUs, private entities, and the government.

Who Can Open PM-JAY Medical Store

  • Individual Entrepreneurs

  • Pharmacists

  • Doctors

  • Registered Medical Practitioners

  • NGOs

  • Private Hospitals

  • Charitable Institutions

  • Cooperative Trusts and Societies, 

  • Self-help Groups and State government-nominated agencies can apply for a Jan Aushadhi Medical Store


For individual applicants, a D.Pharm/B.Pharm degree or employing those with these degrees is a must. The same goes for any organisation or NGO applying for a Jan Aushadhi Medical Store license.

How to Apply for Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra

Given below is the list of requirements to open a Jan Aushadhi Medical Store:

  • Individuals must have Aadhaar and PAN cards.

  • Owned space or hired space (min. 120 sq. ft) backed by a proper lease

  • Drug license and other relevant permissions to run a medical store

  • Applicants must ensure compliance, including for the storage of medicines.

  • Charitable institutions/NGOs/hospitals, etc., must submit an Aadhaar card, PAN card, certificate of incorporation, and registration certificate, among other documents.

  • Government-nominated agency documents include details of the department that has allocated the space along with the supporting documents, i.e., sanction order, PAN card, and Aadhaar card.

  • Proof of securing a pharmacist with computer skills.

  • Proof of financial capacity to run the store supported by audited accounts for the last three years.

  • A non-refundable application fee of ₹5,000. However, women entrepreneurs, Divyang, SC/ST, and other entrepreneurs from aspirational districts are exempt from this fee if they submit relevant proof at the time of application.

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Profit & Incentive of PM-JAY

Below are the details about the profits and incentives associated with PM-JAY:

  • Each generic drug's MRP includes a 20% profit for PM-JAY retailers and a 10% margin for distributors.

  • You can receive an annual incentive of up to  ₹2.5 Lakhs if your PM-JAY Kendra is linked to the BPPI (Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India) systems.

  • Medications worth ₹50,000 would be provided in advance to store owners who belong under the SC/ST and differently-abled categories.

  • The store owners will receive compensation of ₹50,000 for the purchase of a computer, printer, etc., and ₹1 Lakh for the purchase of furniture and fixtures.

  • The store operators will also get compensation of 2% for the loss of expired drugs. 


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Latest News Updates

The Centre Permits the Opening of Jan Aushadhi Stores by 2,000 Agri Credit Societies

After a meeting between Shri Amit Shah, Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation and Shri Mansukh S. Mandaviya, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers, it was announced that 2,000 Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) have been permitted to open Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras across the country. About 1,000 Kendras would be opened before the month of August, while the remaining 1,000 will be ready by December.


The Central Government has approved this initiative with the aim of giving citizens easy access to affordable medicines. Apart from this, it is also hoped that the opening of these Kendras would also create employment opportunities, especially for the rural population.

- June 08, 2023

Inauguration of the PM Jan Aushadhi Kendra in Secunderabad's Warasiguda

A Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra was inaugurated by the Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy at Warasiguda in Secunderabad. Launched with the purpose of helping people get access to quality generic medicines at affordable prices, Mr Reddy emphasised how Jan Aushadhi Kendras do not just provide healthcare service to the common man but also work towards generating employment opportunities for the youth of the state.


The minister also highlighted that compared to the regular medical stores, medicines sold at Jan Aushadhi Kendras are almost 50% to 90% cheaper, without a compromise on the quality of these medicines.

- May 11, 2023

FAQs on Jan Aushadhi Medical Store

The Jan Aushadhi Scheme (JAS) is a government initiative of providing quality generic medicines to all at affordable prices

Mentioned below are the steps to open a Jan Aushadhi Medical Store:

  • To open a generic Jan Aushadhi Medical Store, the applicant must arrange their own space (minimum 120 sq. ft.).

  • You need to have a retail drug sales license under the name of Jan Aushadhi Kendra.

  • The store space should be duly supported by a proper lease agreement or space allotment letter.

  • You will need proof of securing a pharmacist with name and registration with the state council.

  • Download the application form on the official Jan Aushadhi website and send it to the CEO, BPPI.

  • The operating agency must sign an agreement with BPPI before the Jan Aushadhi Medical Store starts functioning and BPPI starts dispatching medicine.

NGOs, charitable institutions, private hospitals, registered organisations, or even self-help groups can open the Jan Aushadhi Medical Store.

People from the lower-income group who cannot afford expensive medicines can buy the same at lower prices from the Jan Aushadhi Kendra.

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