Jan Ashudi Kendra is an initiative under the Government of Maharashtra to facilitate easy and convenient registration of birth and death information in the state. It stands for ‘accurate record center’. This is an online facility that allows parents and relatives to register their baby’s birth information, or the details of a death, with ease. The name ‘Jan Ashudi Kendra’ was selected based on an online competition conducted by the Government of Maharashtra among 12 shortlisted options.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra
GST Suvidha Kendra is a network of Jan Aushadhi Kendra. It is a flagship program of the Government of India, to provide quality generic medicines at affordable prices. Kendra offers drugs at prices up to 50% lower than branded products in the market. The medicines are manufactured by private and public sector companies under strict quality control norms.
The Central government provides financial support to private manufacturers who undertake to sell their products through PMJAKs at a lower cost. Kendra offers both branded generic drugs as well as unbranded generic medicines. Which are also known as “generic brands” or “generic generics”. These drugs are made from identical active ingredients but without the brand name and hence cheaper than branded equivalents.
Types of Jan Aushadhi Kendras:
Jan Aushadhi Kendra is the largest network of low-cost generic medicine stores in India. It was started by the Government of India. Provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the poor, rural, and remote areas of the country. Jan Aushadhi Kendra stores are owned by the state governments or private companies, which also run them.
- Jan Aushadhi Centres (JAC) – These are managed by state governments. They stock medicines only from approved brands and sell them at a price lower than MRP. The prices are decided by each state government based on their affordability and availability in the market and not necessarily by Cipla Ltd., which provides medicines to these centers.
- Jan Aushadhi Stores (JAS) – These are managed by private players who have entered into agreements with Cipla Ltd for supplying their products to these stores. They may also stock medicines from other companies too if they wish so but they cannot sell any medicine above its MRP price or at a profit margin higher than 10%.
- Jan Aushadhi Kiosks (JAK) – These kiosks were started as part of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) by the government. These kiosks are managed by private players who have entered into agreements with Cipla Ltd for supplying their products to these stores. They may also stock medicines from other companies too if they wish so but they cannot sell any medicine above its MRP price or at a profit margin higher than 10%.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra Opening Procedure
The central government has set up the GST Suvidha Center in all the districts of India. The population coverage of these Kendras is more than 70% in every district.
1) The applicant has to fill out an application form available on the website of the Central Government.
2) The applicant should have a valid PAN card and Aadhaar Card. Which will be verified by the bank while opening an account with them.
3) The applicant has to provide details of his/her bank account along with its IFSC code, account number, and name in which the business will be conducted.
4) The applicant must submit two photographs along with self-attested copies of their PAN card, Aadhaar Card, Bank Passbook/Statement, Trade License / Certificate, etc. As required by us for verification purposes only at our office in Kolkata or Delhi only
5) The applicant should provide a copy of the trade license issued by the government, along with its application form.
6) The applicant must submit a copy of his/her passport along with the visa page. That shows entry into India and proof of address in India (like an Aadhaar Card, Driving License, etc).
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