Mangaluru: Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar on Saturday launched the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana at the T V Ramana Pai hall in Mangaluru.
The programme was organised by the Matrabhoomi Sauharda Sahakari Niyamita in association with the Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India (BPPI) Delhi.
Addressing the gathering, Ananth Kumar said, "We are starting the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana in 100 centres in Dakshina Kannada so that the poor and marginalised people get medicines at a cheaper price. Doctors should prescribe generic medicines instead of prescribing branded medicines. In the coming days, the government will set a legal framework for doctors to prescribe generic medicines. The generic medicines are cheaper than the branded ones. Narendra Modiji's dream is to provide quality medicine to the poor people at affordable price."
Ananth Kumar thanked MP Nalin Kumar for taking the initiative to start 100 centres in Dakshina Kannada. "Health minister Ramesh Kumar asked me to start 200 centres in Karnataka. On April 22, we inaugurated 5 centres in Mangaluru where 650 medicines and 150 supplements will be available at a reasonable price. If a medicine costs Rs 100 in the market, the same type of generic medicine will be available for Rs 30. We need food security and along with that we also need health security." he said.
Ananth Kumar said the Modi government's was committed to providing health security to every poor person. "I urge the doctors not to prescribe branded medicines, instead prescribe generic medicines," said the minister.
Kumar also said the Centre was committed to starting a Plastic Park in Mangaluru at a cost of Rs1,000-cr. "There should be a tie-up between MRPL, MCF and the Karnataka government to start a Plastic Park in Mangaluru. Through this 30000 youth will get jobs and foreign companies will come to Mangaluru for investment," he said.