Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will launch a general medical store scheme in the state on October 20, under which drugs will be handed at affordable rates, a functionary said on Thursday.
Under this scheme named Shri Dhanvantari Dawa Yojana, 188 medical stores will be opened in 169 civic bodies, where general drugs will be vended at further than 50 per cent reduction on the maximum retail price (MRP), a government public relations officer said.
The scheme will be launched with 85 general medical stores, whereas the remaining shops will also start by the end of this month, he said.
In the coming phase, arrangements will also be made for home delivery of drugs from these shops, he added.
Baghel said his government has taken numerous effective way to profit the poor and the deprived sections of the society.
Taking another action in this direction, the state government is going to start general medical stores. Now, affordable drugs will be accessible to all. Sweats will be made to spread the benefits of this scheme to as numerous people as possible. This will reduce the burden of expenditure on drugs, he added.
The expansion of health installations in Chhattisgarh has been the top precedence of the state government and several enterprise have been taken in this regard in pastoral and civic areas, the chief minister said. In civic areas, installations have been extended to the ground position through Mukhyamantri Slum Health Scheme, City Diagnostic Centre, Dai Didi Clinic, etc. Now, Shri Dhanvantari Dawa Yojana is being started to give high- quality subsidised drugs to the general public.
The shops are being handed to the drivers of the general medical store on rent by the communal bodies at a seductive rate of Rs 2 per sqft. Along with this, an assurance has also been given to buy drugs in other schemes from these general medical stores. The responsibility of successful operation of the scheme has been given to the UPSS constituted under the chairmanship of quarter collector.