Raipur: As many as 188 medical stores will be opened in 169 cities of Chhattisgarh under Shri Dhanwantri Dava Yojana in which patients will be given more than 50 per cent discount on Maximum Retail Selling Price (MRP).
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will launch this scheme on October 20. The scheme will be launched with 85 Shree Dhanwantri Generic Medical Stores. The remaining shops will also start by the end of this month. In the next phase, arrangements will also be made for home delivery of medicines from these shops.
“Our government has taken many effective steps to provide the benefit of government schemes to the poor and deprived sections. Taking another initiative in this direction, Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Stores are being started. Now affordable medicines will be accessible to all. Efforts will be made to spread the benefits of this scheme to as many people as possible. This will reduce the burden of expenditure on medicines. Through this scheme we will be able to realize the vision of Sabbo Swasth-Jammo Sugghar”, said chief minister Bhupesh Baghel.
Urban Administration Minister Dr Shivkumar Dahriya has said that Seva-jatan-sarokar is the motto of government of Chhattisgarh. This is being realized by the government through the scheme.
Meanwhile, the expansion of health facilities in Chhattisgarh has been the top priority of the state government. Several initiatives have been taken in this direction in rural as well as urban areas. In urban areas, facilities have been extended to the ground level through Mukhyamantri Slum Health Scheme, City Diagnostic Centre, Dai Didi Clinic etc. In this sequence, now Shree Dhanwantri Yojana is being started to provide high quality subsidized medicines to the common citizens.
Under the scheme, Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Stores are being opened in all 169 urban bodies of the state with the help of the government. 188 shops have been identified by the urban bodies. Various items including 251 medicines, 27 surgical items will be available in these shops. Quality herbal products manufactured by the Minor Forest Produce Association will also be available in these shops. In these shops, generic medicines of reputed companies of the country will be sold. Along with common diseases like cold, cough, fever, blood pressure, medicines for serious diseases, antibiotics, surgical items will also be available.
All these items will be available at Maximum Retail Price (MRP) with a discount of more than 50 percent. Competitive tender was invited by the civic bodies to get the discount rate, in which more than 50 per cent discount rate was received in all the bodies. Shops are being provided on rent by the Municipal Corporation to the operators of Shri Dhanwantri Generic Medical Store at an attractive rate of Rs.2 per sq.ft. Along with this, assurance has also been given to buy medicines in other schemes from these medical stores. The responsibility of successful operation of the scheme has been given to the UPSS constituted under the chairmanship of district collector.